New drug helps to reverse effects of overdose

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There is an important drug that can save lives by reversing the effect of an overdose, and no prescription is needed.

Naloxone is a safe medication that reverses and blocks the effects of opioids, and can be used to treat a known or suspected opioid overdose.

It isn’t necessary for those seeking the medication to rush to the doctor, a pharmacist can prescribe and fill it at the pharmacy.

Chad Andrew, Smith’s Pharmacist, joined KRQE’s This Morning team to discuss the new drug. Watch above.

The drug should be administered if a person is found unresponsive or unconscious and will not wake up even when shaken; someone who is not breathing, or breathing slow and shallow; or if their lips or fingernails are blue or gray with pale and clammy skin.

Naloxone can be administered with nasal device.

This is currently the lowest cost option.

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