Naloxone is a medication used to rapidly reverse an overdose.
Naloxone may be administered using an intranasal spray, also as Narcan, which is the medication distributed by Project Recovery. This medication is an opioid antagonist meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse the effects of opioids such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Administered when an individual is exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose, naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects are short-lived, lasting approximately 15-minutes. Therefore, it is important to contact 911 to seek medical intervention after administering naloxone as the individual may return to an overdose.