Naloxone, the generic form of NARCAN®, is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. When used during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. If naloxone is given to someone who doesn’t have opioids in their system, it causes no harm. Emergency medical professionals have used naloxone for more than 40 years to save lives. Please note: Naloxone cannot be self-administered.
How to Administer Naloxone:
1. REMOVE NALOXONE FROM BOX
Peel back the tab with the circle to open the nasal spray.
2. HOLD THE NASAL SPRAY PROPERLY BEFORE USE
Place your thumb on the bottom of the plunger, and first and middle fingers on either side of the nozzle.
3. GENTLY INSERT THE TIP OF THE NOZZLE INTO EITHER NOSTRIL
Tilt the person’s head back and provide support under the neck with your hand. Gently insert until your fingers are against the bottom of the nose.
4. PRESS THE PLUNGER FIRMLY TO ADMINISTER NALOXONE
Remove the nasal spray from the nostril after giving the dose.