Narcan is a brand name for naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. Most forms of Narcan are misted intranasal (via the nose), however, some intramuscular (via large muscle with a needle) is still used.
The Rockford Fire Department will be providing information, training and Narcan; please call 815-395-0559 to RSVP.