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Naloxone Spray Available In Du Page County
Due to the continued misuse of prescription pain medications and abuse of heroin, opiate related overdose rates have risen drastically in the past several years. Opiates are very powerful and addictive drugs and are commonly misused among teens and young adults. Narcotic painkillers are extremely dangerous when they're taken in high doses which ends up happening to people that become addicted to them after a while when they're misused.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding an opiate overdose, a person can die in a short period of time if they don't receive medical help immediately. Naloxone is a powerful drug that can counteract the effects of an opiate drug overdose if it's administered in time, but not everyone is fortunate enough to receive help right away.
Naloxone is a unique drug that's responsible for saving the lives of thousands of people who would have died from a heroin or other opiate drug overdose. Because opiate painkillers are so widely abused and heroin abuse is rising in many areas throughout the United States, naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a lifesaving drug we'll continue to hear about.
Naloxone is most often administered by intravenous injection by a medical professional but there's also an intranasal form of naloxone now that paramedics use in emergency opiate overdose situations. Unfortunately not everyone is able to receive immediate help if they overdose on heroin or other opiates but in Du Page County, the lifesaving drug naloxone is now available.
A naloxone spray that comes in a prevention kit is available to anyone eighteen and over at Stonybrook Center which is a treatment center for addictions in Winfield according to the chicagotribune.com. Individuals seeking one of these "Overdose Prevention Kits" needs to take a "rescue class at the clinic" in order to obtain one, the cost is thirty five dollars.