As the opioid epidemic continues taking the nation by storm, efforts to combat the risk of death due to overdose have increased as well. While necessary in most cases of drug overdose today, products designed to save lives may not be the ultimate answer to the opiate problem, as they often still cause problems for those struggling with a heroin addiction Washington.
Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is an opioid antagonist medication designed to quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is especially critical for use in cases where the drug abuser has very slowed or even stopped breathing as it works to rapidly restore normal respiration to prevent death. Despite praise for its ability to save heroin abusers from death by overdose, police and first responders are growing their concern over heroin users viewing Narcan as a safety net for continued drug usage.
Narcan as Aid
Narcan was originally introduced to the public in 1971 as a drug used in hospitals to prevent patients from overdosing on pain medication following major surgeries. Approximately 20 years later, the use of Narcan was expanded to emergency first responders to treat addicts who had overdosed on opiates. Narcan is now carried by almost every single US ambulance due to the widespread nature of our country’s opiate crisis.
The problem lies in the suspicion that those struggling with a heroin addiction Washington may view Narcan as a safety net, enabling them to continue in their drug usage with the hope that Narcan will save the day if something goes wrong.
Narcan as Enabler
Despite the myth that Narcan may be a safety net because it works for all individuals in all overdose circumstances, the truth is that Narcan may not work for everyone. Narcan only works on individuals with opiates in their system, as it targets the opioid receptor sites, but it will not reverse an overdose due to any other drugs or due to a combination of opiates and other drugs.
Although Narcan is effective in reversing the dangerous effects of drug overdose, taking the medication is not a pleasant experience in the slightest. Narcan works to reverse overdose symptoms by causing extremely uncomfortable, though not life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms such as headache, changes in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, tremors, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. Considering these same withdrawal symptoms often occur in individuals undergoing treatment in detox centers such as First Choice Detox, it would be better for individuals to go through such symptoms only one time by seeking recovery rather than multiple times by depending on the use of Narcan.
Heroin Addiction Washington Treatment
Everyday, more than 115 people die in the United States due to overdose on opiates. While Narcan is an effective agent in quickly reversing the effects of a drug overdose before death occurs, there is growing concern that its availability is enabling those caught in the grips of a heroin addiction Washington to continue using with limited risk of death.
Ultimately, Narcan may save someone from death by overdose, but without treatment, that person will likely find themselves again and again taking Narcan from a first responder and going through withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately at Aspire Health Network, we offer various forms of heroin addiction treatment to stop the cycle and prevent further risk of overdose.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with a heroin addiction Washington, do not hesitate to contact us today and get the help you need, before it’s too late. Our compassionate staff is available 24/7 to support you in your journey to recovery.