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  1. narcan

    Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan among others, is a medication used to reverse or reduce the effects of opioids. It is commonly used to counter decreased breathing in opioid overdose. Effects begin within two minutes when given intravenously, and within five minutes when injected into a muscle. The medicine can also be administered by spraying it into a person's nose. Naloxone commonly blocks the effects of opioids for 30 to 90 minutes. Multiple doses may be required, as the duration of action of some opioids is greater than that of naloxone. Emergency medical services data from Massachusetts found that 93.5% of people given naloxone survived their overdose.Administration to opioid-dependent individuals may cause symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including restlessness, agitation, nausea, vomiting, a fast heart rate, and sweating. To prevent this, small doses every few minutes can be given until the desired effect is reached. In those with previous heart disease or taking medications that negatively affect the heart, further heart problems have occurred. It appears to be safe in pregnancy, after having been given to a limited number of women. Naloxone is a non-selective and competitive opioid receptor antagonist. It works by reversing the depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system caused by opioids.Naloxone was patented in 1961 and approved for opioid overdose in the United States in 1971. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. Naloxone is available as a generic medication. In April 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a higher dose naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray product (Kloxxado) intended to treat opioid overdose from fentanyl and its analogues, which are many times stronger than heroin.

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    NARCAN is a trademark for the generic drug naloxone.

    Submitted by acronimous on June 26, 2022  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of narcan in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of narcan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  1. Edmund Funaro Jr.:

    If a person did come in to my store and asked for Narcan I have the kits here ready. I would sit down with them and teach them how to use it, answer any questions they have, that’s the most important piece of this; we’re not just giving the drug, we make sure they know how it works and how they can save a life with it.

  2. Alex McNabb:

    So, guess who volunteered to take( his) blood ? dr. Narcan enjoyed great, immense satisfaction as he terrorized this youngster with a needle and stabbed him thusly in the arm with a large-gauge IV catheter.

  3. Gordon Merry:

    We were able to cut our death rate from 35 people last year to 25 this year, at this time, we attribute that to a lot that we are doing, such as giving Narcan to the police and fire departments and the Department of Health started a needle exchange program that brings people into clinics where they can also receive additional help.

  4. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner:

    When he was examined, he went unconscious. They administered Narcan, travis Scott was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick similar to what you would get if somebody was trying to inject. That is one part of it.

  5. Peer Specialist Bobby Brazell:

    The fact of the matter is that all of the funding and treatment that is being offered up today is focused on Suboxone, Narcan or some other medically-assisted treatment program and no one is looking at faith-based, abstinence-based treatment as a viable option.

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