What is Narcan? How Did it Save Demi Lovato?

Chances are if you stay up-to-date on celebrity gossip or even the nightly news, you’ve heard about singer Demi Lovato and her tragic overdose on July 24, 2018. Demi Lovato was hospitalized and treated following an opioid overdose which was treated using Narcan, a medication which can reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

About Opioids

Chances are you have heard of the opioid epidemic that has been wreaking havoc throughout America. Opioids are a classification of drugs that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. The opioid class of drugs contains synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, oxycodone, oxycontin along with the illegal drug known as heroin. Since 2002 the number of opioid-related overdoses has increased by at least 4 times, resulting in almost 30,000 deaths in 2017 alone.

About Narcan

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a medication which can be used to temporarily reverse the effects of someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose. Narcan works by binding to opioid receptors, blocking the effects of other opioid drugs. Narcan has the ability to quickly restore normal breathing/respiration in a patient who is overdosing, increasing their chances of survival.

Where Can I Get Narcan?

Do you or a loved one suffer from opioid addiction or are on opioid treatment? Wondering how you can obtain Narcan? Due to the rise of opioid overdoses, many state governments have started to allow local pharmacies to dispense Narcan without a written prescription. If your state does require a prescription, please ask your primary care manager.

Signs of Opioid Overdose

When it comes to an opioid overdose, time is extremely important. If you think someone may be experiencing an overdose, immediately contact 911. Neglecting to get someone immediate medical attention could result in death. Common signs to look out for include:

  • Unconscious
  • Unresponsive
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • No Breathing
  • Blue Fingernails
  • Blue Lips
  • Tiny Pupils

Visit Bellaire ER for Emergency Care

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