Overdose Reversal Medication
Anyone who has contact with persons at risk for opioid overdose is able to obtain naloxone. This medication can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone, often know by the brand name Narcan, reverses the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone can be obtained using a prescription from one’s family doctor or by using the standing order (a prescription written for the general public) issued by Pennsylvania’s Physician General. The standing order is kept on file at many pharmacies, or may be downloaded here. For a list of Lackawanna County pharmacies where naloxone can be obtained, click here. To comply with the Pennsylvania’s “Good Samaritan” Law, a person must call for medical help/911 after administering the medication.