Surgeon General: Narcan is ‘like an EpiPen or CPR’

Narcan, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, is “like an EpiPen or CPR” and anyone who has a loved one at risk should carry it and be trained to use it, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Narcan is a trade name for the drug naloxone. “If you or a loved one are at risk, keep within reach, know how to use naloxone," Jerome Adams advised.

“We're working with pharmacies, providers and medical associations to increase training on how to administer naloxone in homes.” Adams continued. “Overall — and I'm an anesthesiologist who's administered naloxone many times myself — it's very safe, easy to use, and 49 of 50 states have standing orders for people to be able to access and to use [it] in the home setting.”

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