Naloxone is an extremely important drug which can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, potentially saving a life.
- In an overdose situation, naloxone can be administered either intravenously or by direct injection into a muscle. It begins to work within two minutes and can reverse potentially fatal symptoms of opioid overdose, such as respiratory depression
- Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids for around 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the dosage administered. This is usually enough time for emergency services to arrive and for the person to be conveyed to hospital and stabilised.
As well as encouraging our service users to access Naloxone, Spectrum has carried out Naloxone training with partner services and organisations, including police custody services. Naloxone has no psychoactive properties and cannot be misused.