Naloxone program is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program that was created as a way to combat Indiana’s opioid overdose epidemic.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.
Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death.
Naloxone has no potential for abuse.
If given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless.
If administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce non-life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
It does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium), methamphetamines, or alcohol.
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