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Administering Nasal Naloxone for Opioid Overdose Reversal

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Nasal naloxone is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. Many opioid overdoses occur in the home and having a naloxone rescue kit nearby can make all the difference.

Hello my name is beth with healthy acadia and inspire recovery center out of ellsworth maine i’m going to go over really quickly the signs and symptoms of an overdose and what to do if you think someone is experiencing an overdose as well as how to administer nasal naloxone so an overdose is a toxic amount of drugs in the body opioids affect a part of the brain

That signal the body to breathe so breathing can slow and eventually stop leading to unconsciousness coma organ failure and possibly death reverse irreversible brain damage can start to occur in just three minutes of lack of oxygen to the brain so some symptoms of an overdose include skin feeling claiming to the touch face being extremely pale there may also be a

Purple or blue or even a gray hue around the lips or on the nail beds the body can go limp vomiting and gurgling may be occurring someone may be incoherent or have an inability to form words and the heart rate can speed up or slow down and a reduced or loss of consciousness can also occur in which someone where someone becomes unresponsive some additional signs of

Overdose include seizure chest pain delirium agitation convulsions or foaming at the mouth the most important thing to do if you suspect that someone is experiencing an overdose is to call 9-1-1 there is no replacement for emergency medical attention and an opioid overdose is a medical emergency so it’s vital to call 9-1-1 if you think that someone is experiencing

An overdose with nasal naloxone it’s very simple to administer to somebody so you’re going to peel the back off of the package put one finger on each side of the plunger and you’re on each one side of the administrator the thumb is going to go on the plunger you’re going to insert into one nostril and squeeze next you will either follow the instructions of the

9-1-1 operator to start to perform cpr if you are comfortable or you’re going to roll the individual into the recovery position which will be on the next slide you’re going to wait for about one to two minutes if the individual is still unresponsive you’re going to administer a second dose of naloxone into the other nostril being in an adrenaline situation if you

Administer the second dose in less than a minute to two minutes or if you don’t administer in a different nostril it’s not going to hurt anybody those are just the recommended uh steps to follow the recovery position is rolling somebody on to their side you’re gonna tilt their head and their chin back so that their airway is open and you’re going to bend their

Knee against the floor so that they’re in a safe position should they vomit or not be able to breathe or just to make sure that they’re not aspirating anything in that situation you’re going to roll somebody into the recovery position if you are uncomfortable doing cpr and in between naloxone doses if a second dose is necessary when in doubt naloxone naloxone’s

Only purpose is as an opioid antagonist so if somebody is actually experiencing a heart attack or a stroke and you confuse it with an overdose it’s not going to do any harm to that individual it’s no different than squirting water up somebody’s nose if they are in fact not experiencing an overdose that also means that it is safe on people of all ages so um again

If there’s any question no matter the age or the situation or the circumstance if naloxone is available it should be administered it’s also important to keep in mind that dangerous dangerous opioids such as fentanyl are being cut into more and more substances including stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine so while narcan will not re reverse an overdose

That’s stimulant related if that product is cut with fentanyl and the overdose is actually occurring because of the opioid it can help to revive somebody and possibly save a life

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Administering Nasal Naloxone for Opioid Overdose Reversal By Healthy Acadia