Please help save lives by signing the petition to make Naloxone (Narcan) readily available to everyone without a prescription.
What is Naloxone?
There is a medication out there called Naloxone, (its brand name is Narcan) that can be administered either nasally or by injection. It can rapidly reverse the potentially deadly effects of opioid drugs, which include heroin and prescription pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin. It does not produce a high — quite the opposite, in fact, because it blocks the effects of opioids. Naloxone is much safer than some drugs currently available without a prescription. Both insulin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be deadly if misused, but it is impossible to overdose on Naloxone and it has few side effects.
Currently, Naloxone is available only by prescription and is otherwise accessed easily only by health professionals and law enforcement. Overdose now kills more people in the United States than car accidents, making it the leading cause of injury-related mortality according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths — 37,485 in 2009 — could be cut dramatically if Naloxone were available over-the-counter and placed in every first aid kit.
- Prescription drug abuse bill would allow members of the public to administer Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses (vtdigger.org)
- Overdose Drug Expansion Considered In Colorado (denver.cbslocal.com)