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Heroin Overdose and Use of Narcan in Northern Kentucky

Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are seeing a rise in heroin overdose.  Narcan is a prescription drug originally to assist patients after surgery who received narcotic drugs for surgery.  Today it is used primarily to revive people who have overdosed on heroin or other narcotic drugs.  Narcan can be given in three separate dosages and is generally indicated when the user is lethargic, shallow breathing (respiratory depression) or heart slowing/stopped.  Narcan is the marketed name for the generic drug of Naloxone. According to the FDANarcan prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Also, Narcan can reverse the psychotomimetic and dysphoric effects of agonist-antagonists such as pentazocine. Narcan is an essentially pure opioid antagonist, i.e., it does not possess the "agonistic" or morphine-like properties characteristic of other opioid antagonists. When administered in usual doses and in the absence of opioids or agonistic effects of other opioid antagonists, it exhibits essentially no pharmacologic activity. Many agencies have discussed allowing police officers to carry and dispense Narcan when they come upon a scene of obvious heroin overdose.  One concern is the overuse by treating professionals and the ability to identify a narcotic overdose.  Some believe that the benefits of preventing death by narcotic overdose outweighs the potential for harm for improper use. If you have a narcotic drug addiction, contact a local provider for help in recovery such as Transitions or St. Elizabeth, Falmouth.  If you have been charged with possession of narcotic drug in Northern KEntucky, contact an attorney for consultation, advice and representation.  Call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email at [email protected] .

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