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ST. LOUIS EMPOWERMENT CENTER OPENS THE DOORS TO RECOVERY, EVERYDAY.

9:00am – 3:00pm

FREE NALOXONE (NARCAN) UPON REQUEST DURING DROP-IN HOURS OR CONTACT NALOXONE-INFO@DBSAEMPOWERMENT.ORG

 

WHAT IS NALOXONE?

  • Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, usually within 1-5 minutes.
  • The Most common ways to administer naloxone are by injection into the upper thigh or arm muscle, or as a nasal spray.
  • Naloxone cannot get you high.
  • You cannot overdose on naloxone.
  • Naloxone is the generic name for the medication.
  • Narcan is a brand name for a prepackaged nasal spray form of naloxone.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN OPIOID OVERDOSE?

  • Opioids (like heroin, pain pills, fentanyl, etc.) slow down the central nervous system, which slows down breathing and heart rate.
  • An opioid overdose occurs when the brain can no longer regulate breathing, causing respiratory depression (not breathing enough) until breathing stops completely.

HOW DOES NALOXONE REVERSE AN OPIOID OVERDOSE?

  • Opioids, such as heroin, prescription pain pills or fentanyl, bind to opioid receptors in the brain. Naloxone binds to the same receptors but are a “better fit,” so they essentially “kick” the opioids off and block the opioid receptors for about an hour.

 

VISIT https://mohopeproject.org/education/ AND https://mohopeproject.org/faq/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NALOXONE.