PCCUA has installed opioid overdose kits on all its campuses. These kits contain Naloxone (Narcan), an opioid overdose reversal medication, as well as a CPR face mask with a one-way filtered valve. Steps for administration are also included in the black supply pouch.
Opioid overdose is currently the leading cause of death among adults 50 years old and younger in the United States. Without immediate intervention, opioid overdoses can quickly lead to death.
How do you know if someone has overdosed on an opioid?
Inability to awaken verbally or upon chestrubbing.
Shallow breathing, slow breathing of less than 3to 5 breaths per minute, or no breathing at all.
Exhaled breath with a raspy, labored sound, orsnoring sound.
Fingernails or lips turning blue/purple.
Can I hurt someone by giving them Narcan if they haven’tused an opioid?
No, Narcan is harmless on non-opioid overdoses.
Who can administer Narcan?
No training is needed to administer Narcan. Instructions are provided in each kit.
What is my liability by administering Narcan?
There is none. According to Arkansas Take Back,
The Opioid Antagonist Immunity Act (2015) SB880 allows individuals to administer naloxone in good faith without civil liability, criminal liability, or professional sanctions.The purpose is to enhance the emergency services of first responders, to create the naloxone access act, and to provide immunity for prescribing, dispensing, and administering naloxone and other opioid antagonists.
Stimulate their breast bone with your knuckles.
Administer naloxone (NARCAN)
Perform rescue breathing
- Place in recovery position if breathing. Lay them on their side.
- If the person does not respond after 3 to 5 minutes, administer a second dose.
- Monitor and stay with the person until help arrives.
- Encourage the Narcan recipient to go to the hospital after being revived. Opioids stay in the body a long time and as the NARCAN wears off, the opioids may attach to the receptors again. This could cause an overdose without ingesting more opioids.
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