- 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
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.