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Narcan

  • Narcan (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.
  • It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to a person who has not taken opioids, it will not have any effect on him or her, since there is no opioid overdose to revers.
  • Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist.  It works by reversing the depression of the central nervous system caused by opioids.
  • Since 2014, New Jersey emergency officials have deployed opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan more than 18,000 times

Treatment

2016 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

  • An estimated 21.0 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment.
  • This translates to about 1 in 13 people needing treatment.
  • Among young adults aged 18 to 25, however, about 1 in 7 people needed treatment.

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