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Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.
Our kits include Narcan® Nasal Spray. Narcan® is a brand name for the drug naloxone.
You must be a Berks County resident to receive the Narcan® Kit from COCA. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact: Brian Kammerer, Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (610) 376-8669, Ext. 109.
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In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from heroin and prescription drug use. In fact, it has been reported that for people ages 25-64, drug overdose causes more deaths per year than motor vehicle accidents. Opioids – prescription and illicit – are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. In the United States, opioids were involved in 47,600 deaths in 2017, accounting for 68.7% of all drug overdose deaths.
Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications used to treat pain such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®), fentanyl (Duragesic®, Fentora®), hydromorphone (Dilaudid®, Exalgo®), and buprenorphine (Subutex®, Suboxone®).
The Good Samaritan Law (PA Act 139) provides immunity from minor drug-related offenses for those individuals who report an overdose. This encourages bystanders to call for help without fear of prosecution for minor drug possession and paraphernalia. For more information about Act 139 visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website.
The Council on Chemical Abuse provides free Narcan Training to Berks County individuals and organizations. Contact us to schedule a time today!
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