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Myths & Facts

 

Saving Lives Starts With Knowing The Facts.

Naloxone’s effectiveness at saving lives is becoming more well-known in communities across Ohio. But as naloxone becomes more readily available, some myths have grown around its availability and use. Here are some of the most common myths, along with the facts.

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MYTH: Naloxone prevents people from seeking treatment.


FACT: Studies have shown that naloxone does not keep people in active addiction from seeking treatment. In fact, for many people, the experience of surviving an overdose pushes them toward treatment.


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MYTH: Naloxone enables addiction.


FACT: Naloxone enables recovery, as it creates the opportunity for someone to seek treatment. Naloxone distribution programs are often a critical access point for people with substance-use disorder, as this service is frequently provided with treatment resources.


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MYTH: Naloxone is another drug that can be abused.


FACT: Naloxone is safe and effective – and has no potential for abuse. In addition, naloxone cannot be taken before drug use to avoid an overdose.


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MYTH: Naloxone is difficult to get.


FACT: Through Ohio’s naloxone distribution program, Project DAWN, take-home naloxone kits and training are available at many locations throughout the state.


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MYTH: Only professionals can determine if someone has overdosed and give naloxone.


FACT: Research has shown that with basic training, non-medical responders, such as friends, family and co-workers, can recognize an overdose and give naloxone.

 


Learn How You Can Make A Difference.

When it comes to preventing overdose deaths, we all have a part to play. We’ve provided resources and educational tools designed to help you make a difference.


If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.
In crisis? Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or text “4HOPE” to 741741.
Are you ready to seek treatment? Get help now.