The misuse of prescription drugs has been identified as one of the most serious and costly issues facing Tennesseans today.
Naloxone (often known by its nasal spray application brand name NarcanTM) is a proven tool in the battle against drug abuse and overdose death. When too much opioid medication is taken, it can slow breathing to a dangerously low rate. When breathing slows too much, overdose death can occur. Naloxone can reverse this potentially fatal situation by allowing the person to breathe normally again.
In July 2014, Tennessee became the 18th state to pass a "Good Samaritan" civil immunity law centered on naloxone. The "Good Samaritan Law" grants civil immunity for individuals administering Naloxone to someone they reasonably believe is overdosing on an opioid.
More and more public spaces are becoming equipped with Naloxone spray. They are usually kept with first aid kits and AED machines (automated external defibrillator).
Consider adding Naloxone in your college residence halls.
Naloxone training for dorm RAs and other residential life administrators ensures student safety. Schedule training with your Regional Opioid Prevention Specialist (ROPS)
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