CAUSES OF OPIOID OVERDOSE
An opioid overdose takes place when levels of opioids are too high in a person’s system, causing them to lose consciousness and stop breathing. An overdose can happen suddenly or come on slowly over the course of a few hours. Without oxygen, the result can be fatal.
RESPONDING TO AN OVERDOSE
Every minute counts. If you think someone has overdosed, do the following:
Check for signs of opioid
Perform rescue breaths
Stay with the person until help arrives
WHAT IS NALOXONE?
Naloxone(or Narcan) is a prescription medicine that temporarily stops the effect of opioids. It helps a person begin breathing again and wake up from an overdose. It only works on opioid overdoses and cannot be used to get high, nor is it addictive. It can be easily and safely administered by anyone.First responders often carry Naloxone.
SIGNS OF AN OVERDOSE MAY INCLUDE
SLOW OR NO
WON'T WAKE UP.
PALE, ASHY, COOL
BLUE LIPS OR
GOOD SAMARITAN LAWS
A Good Samaritan Law protects both the person helping and the person experiencing an overdose from liability or drug possession charges. Washington State has a Good Samaritan Law and Tribes are starting to pass similar laws. See how Tribes are implementing Good Samaritan Laws in Indian Country.
START A NALOXONE PROGRAM
For more information on how your Tribe can start a Naloxone program, read the Starting a Naloxone Program Fact Sheet