22 Jan Narcan Approved to Deal with Narcotic Overdoses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved Narcan, a nasal spray to counter the effects of narcotic painkillers and heroin drug overdose. This nasal spray medication contains Naloxone Hydrochloride, which is used to treat opiate overdoses.
According to the FDA, drug overdoses are the leading cause of deaths in the U.S. and almost 44 Americans die every day due to prescription narcotic overdoses. Narcotic painkillers include Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, and Morphine that results in dizziness, shallow breathing, and can even lead to death.
“Naloxone medication has the ability to counter the effects of an overdose within two minutes.”
Earlier, Naloxone was approved in the form of injections such as auto-injectors or syringes. However, there was an extensive misuse of the drug kit among the masses, which caused the company to make the product available only nasally. The amount of Narcan sprayed in one nostril is equal to a single Naloxone injection. Narcan can be given to adults as well as children. However, this drug is not an alternative to medical care. Those treated with this medication should seek medical assistance from a nearby hospital or clinic as soon as possible.
FDA commissioner – Dr. Stephen Ostroff said that FDA’s top priority is to stop the painkiller abuse epidemic as they cannot just stand by and watch Americans die due to opioid overdose. But, he also said that Naloxone couldn’t solve all the issues related to an opioid epidemic.
The Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, believes that the new formulation will help in saving many lives. She also highlighted that the success of this drug (Narcan) is a clear indication that if public and private scientific partnerships work correctly, then drug overdose deaths can be reduced in the U.S.
As a CDC report suggests, drug overdoses are still the root cause for most of the accidental deaths in America. The U.S. government should take some steps to counter this epidemic. With the help of new medications like Narcan, this may be possible.
Those that suffer with addiction should seek treatment immediately. They should then enroll themselves into a sober living home post medical treatment. A sober living home can help individuals stay sober through various day-to-day challenges, and acquire pertinent life skills needed to learn how to cope with addiction management after achieving sobriety.