BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN OVERDOSE AND TREATMENT
Officers Carrying NARCAN® Create the Pathway to Recovery.
Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Saves a Life Using NARCAN®.
NARCAN® Training and Distribution Sites in Clark County:
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Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit
Reducing the time between the opioid overdose and administrating NARCAN® is a matter of life and death. Every Second Matters.
The National Training and Technical Assistance Center’s Naloxone (NARCAN®) Tool Kit was developed for Law Enforcement. Check it out!
What is NARCAN®/Naloxone?
“It is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.”
– National Institute of Drug Abuse
How to use NARCAN®
What is the difference between prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl?
Opioids are a type of drug that directly affect the opioid receptors in the brain. The drugs attach themselves to those receptors to block any pain and produce euphoric feelings. However, there are many different types of opioid drugs that can affect someone’s reaction differently as they might have a stronger potency, form, and chemical reaction.
Doctors prescribe opioids (prescription opioids), which are commonly used to treat pain, but these pills are highly addictive. It is essential to consider the risks of using prescription opioids as they can result in misuse, opioid use disorder (addiction), overdoses, or death. Common types of prescribed opioids include:
• oxycodone (OxyContin)
• hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Heroin is an illegal form of opioid which is processed from morphine. This means its effect is usually fast-acting and creates a short but intense high, making it highly addictive. Due to the unpredictable quality and purity of heroin, the nation has also seen an increase in overdose deaths.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever for patients that have developed a resistance to other less potent opiates. However, it is extremely powerful than other opioids, and when used for non-medical reasons, its risk increases due to the potency. In the last few years, the east coast has seen a rise in mixing illegally made and distributed fentanyl with heroin, which has led to a spike in overdose deaths.
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Hyper Local Facts
In 2019, 19.2% of high school students in Clark County took a prescription pain medicine without doctor’s prescription or differently than prescribed.
In 2019, 17.4% of high school students in Clark County felt it was “fairly easy” to get prescription pain medicine if they wanted some.
A: NARCAN® is a drug that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medicines and cannot affect someone that is not taking opioid medication. This means that naloxone is a safe drug that can be administered multiple times if necessary.
A: Adverse events may include:
- Swelling in the nose
- Dryness in the nose
- Congested nose
- Runny nose
- Yawning, nervousness
- Aggressive behaviors, irritability, restlessness, agitation
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps
- Shivering, chills, tremors, trembling
- Fever, sweating, weakness
- Seizures, shaking, muscle spasms
- Dizziness, headache
These are not all of the possible side effects of NARCAN® Nasal Spray. For more information on NARCAN® Nasal Spray, contact ADAPT Medical Information at 1-844-898-0657.
A: The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 459, Chapter 26, Statutes of Nevada 2015 NRS 453C.120) created various provisions around overdoses. The law prevents punitive actions against health professionals and any person who administers naloxone or calls 911 to assist someone who may be overdosing on opiates. It also provides immunity to persons seeking medical treatment for an opioid overdose for themselves or someone else. http://healthiernv.org/good-samaritan-law/
A: There are no effects to you or others when administering NARCAN®.
A: Standard dosage is one spray per nostril, additional dosages can be repeated as needed every 2-3 minutes. Remember to call 911 if you think someone is experiencing an opioid overdose or have administered NARCAN® to ensure that they receive the proper medical attention.
This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, NU17CE925002, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Southern Nevada Health District Overdose Data to Action (SNHD-ODTA) Project. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.