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Addiction Treatment Options, Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse  |  May 19, 2016

We have written often about the terrible toll opioid painkillers are taking on American lives.  Rates of addiction and overdose are at all time highs – as are overdose deaths.

If you have a family member who is using opioids – even those appropriately prescribed – you need to consider getting yourself a Naloxone (Narcan) Rescue Kit.

What is Naloxone or narcan?

It’s is an easy-to-use medication that can reverse the effects of overdose from heroin or other opioids, including morphine, methadone, codeine, and other drugs, and it is a life-saver.

It also has no misuse potential and it’s legal to possess in 43 states – including Connecticut.  Families can get the medication by prescription, through a variety of overdose organizations and over the counter.

What’s more – most EMTs and police department personnel now carry Naloxone.

What should you do with it once you have it?

Is Naxolone hard to get?

No.

Pharmacists in Connecticut who have been trained and certified may now prescribe and dispense Naloxone/narcan to consumers from a pharmacy. A list of Naloxone Prescribing Pharmacists in Connecticut is here.  In addition to certified pharmacists, Connecticut law allows other prescribers, including physicians, surgeons, Physician Assistants (PAs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), and Dentists to prescribe, dispense and/or administer the medication as well.

If you or someone you know is addicted to an opioid painkiller and needs help, consider working with Aware Recovery Care in Connecticut.  Aware Recovery Care is bringing full recovery to its clients at a rate 325% above the national average.

If you would like our help, visit www.awarerecoverycare.com to learn more.

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