Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist “and is used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine or heroin overdose. This workshop focuses on how to prepare yourself to effectively manage opioid overdoses and crisis intervention.
Emergency Measures for Opiate Overdose (EMOO)
Prescription medication misuse and overdose is a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The long-term health consequences are severe and can lead to limitations in daily activity, impaired driving, mental health problems, addiction, overdose and death
Overdose has been experienced by about half of heroin/opiate misusers, with even higher proportions having witnessed an overdose, and with high levels of willingness to intervene. Heroin/opiates are associated with the majority of drug-related deaths, despite relative scarcity of use.
Naloxone can be administered by minimally trained laypeople, which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people who have been prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids. Naloxone has no potential for abuse