Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, and the majority involve opioids.1 Illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid which is 50 times stronger than heroin, is a major contributor to this wave of opioid overdose deaths.2 A fentanyl overdose can set in within minutes or even seconds.3,4 More than 150 people die each day from overdoses involving illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids like fentanyl.2
Medicines containing naloxone can safely reverse opioid overdose—even overdoses that involve fentanyl.5 Naloxone does this by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain to stop the effects of opioids.6 This can help the person start breathing again.6 A naloxone nasal spray, such as Kloxxado® (naloxone HCl) nasal spray 8 mg, can be given to an overdose victim right at the scene by anyone—even if they have no medical training.7,8 Injectable forms of naloxone are available as well.9-11
Forty percent of fatal overdoses occur with someone nearby.12 If you come across someone experiencing an opioid overdose, and you’re carrying naloxone, you may be able to save that person’s life.5 (Click here to learn more about how to recognize an opioid overdose emergency.)
Naloxone is available in many forms, including Kloxxado® and 4 others shown below.7-11
If you’re thinking about carrying naloxone, here is a side-by-side comparison with Kloxxado® so you can decide which one(s) you would feel most comfortable giving in an emergency.