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Ohio is using Naxolone to Help Save Lives From Opiate Overdoses

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 69,000 people die around the world every year from heroin and other opiate drugs. Depending on the individual and the situation, another drug called Naxolone can be used to prevent deaths resulting from opioid overdoses. However, it is important to make sure that this drug is administered quickly. There are some agencies in Ohio that are offering free kits that contain Naxolone through a project known as Project Dawn. 

During an opiate overdose, the brain doesn't receive the correct signals to keep breathing, something which can cause death if it is not dealt with as quickly as possible. The good news is that Naxolone can help to prevent this from happening. It is usually administered through a nasal spray in order to restore breathing and block the effects of the opiates.

Opioid medications are usually used for treating chronic pain. A good example is Fentanyl which is used for treating severe pain from things such as extreme back pain and cancer. This opiate is remarkably strong, about 20 times the strength of heroin and remarkably 90 times the strength of morphine. So when a person thinks that it is okay to use the same amount of Fentanyl as they use Morphine for pain relief, they could be putting themselves in grave danger that could possibly lead to an overdose and death. 

While some people may feel shy to walk into places that provide Naloxone kits, it is a good thing to gather the courage to pick the kits for the sake of your own health and well-being or your friend and family member who is addicted. Places such as Summit County Public Health are trying to create a welcoming environment where opiate users welcomed to learn more about opiates and Naloxone.

Naxolone has been used safely by emergency medical practitioners for over forty years. Its main function is reversing the effects of opiates on the respiratory system and the brain. But in case someone who is not experiencing an overdose takes it by mistake, there is usually no harmful side effects.

However, it is important to know that Naxolone does not reverse the effects caused by non-opioid drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine or benzodiazepines such as valium and Xanax. Before you administer it or right after administering it, it is imperative that you call 911 to seek further help from medical professionals because it is not a permanent fix. It only works for about thirty minutes, so it is very important to make sure that the person you are administering it to visits an emergency room as soon as possible.


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