An Opioid Overdose Can Happen Anytime

narcan 3If you, a family member, or a friend are addicted to heroin or narcotic painkillers known as opioids, having Narcan readily available can save a life.

A nasal spray form of naloxone is available, along with training on use, at the Ste Genevieve County Health Department.
No appointment is needed.

How It Works
Narcan blocks the effects of drugs made from opium, or opioids. These include:
• heroin
• morphine
• oxycodone
• methadone
• fentanyl
• hydrocodone
• codeine
• hydromorphone
• buprenorphine
Opioids slow breathing. If a person takes too much of one, their breathing may stop and they could die. If given soon enough, naloxone can counter the overdose effects, usually within minutes.
A person who has overdosed may:
• be breathing very slow or not breathing
• have blue or purplish lips or fingernails
• be limp
• be vomiting or gurgling
• not wake up or respond if you try to rouse them
Always call 9-1-1. Narcan saves lives