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Naloxone - why don't we have access to it?


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I lost my 18 yr old son on oct 10, 2007 to an accidental drug overdose and know I read that there is an antidote that has been around for 40yrs to prevent overdoses.........

There are means of reducing the death toll, said a variety of harm reductionists, and the opioid antagonist naloxone (Narcan) was mentioned by all of them. Naloxone is a big part of the answer, said the Chicago Recovery Alliance's Bigg. "It's been around for 40 years, it's a pure antidote, and it has no side effects. It consistently reverses overdoses via intramuscular injection; it's very simple to administer. If people have naloxone, it becomes much, much easier to avoid overdose deaths."

"Naloxone should be made available over the counter without a prescription," said Bigg. "In the meantime, every time a physician prescribes opioids, he should also prescribe naloxone."

"For a couple of years now, we've been talking about trying to get naloxone reclassified so it's available over the counter or maybe prescribed by a pharmacist," said Hilary McQuie, Western director for the Harm Reduction Coalition. "The problem is that you don't just need congressional activity, you also need to deal with the FDA process, and it's hard to find anyone in the activist community who understands that process."

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I am so sorry for your loss but I am not sure about this being an antidote  for an overdose.  Narcan is used here to reverse an overdose.  Many overdoses treated with this find its effects are short term. The dose & type of the opiate many times lasts longer than the effects of Narcan. If there is alcohol involved as well, Narcan is not as effective. 

It does have some effects when given, especially with breathing.  Over the counter with out prescription sounds like a good idea, but this is only one part of the problem.  Someone who overdoses, accidentally or otherwise would need to be with some who has Narcan on them at the time, can provide support as the Narcan takes effect.......Time as always is the problem....

Take care....I truly wish I had an answer that would solve the problem, heal your heart, but I only have more questions.........Trudi

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