Narcan Saves Lives!
It’s as simple as that. Sunrise distributes Narcan (naloxone) to all the clients being treated in the facility. This is another safe medication, who’s only indicated or direct effect is to reverse known or suspected overdoses. There are no other side effects or drug interactions. It is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy, in addition to calling 911.
Narcan is not the cure for addiction, and may not save someone who has overdosed. If an individual has used high doses of heroin or fentanyl, then it may take multiple doses of Narcan to revive them. In addition, the effect of the opiate may also last for longer than the Narcan, which is why it is so important to call 911 to get emergency care.
Narcan is administered through the nose. The upper airway membranes are very vascular and allow rapid absorption of the drug. The initial dose is sprayed into one nostril, and if a second dose is needed, then the opposite side is used.
Sunrise Treatment Center tracks the Narcan use by its clients, and keeps track of the lives saved. Additional doses can be obtained once a tracking form is completed.