EUGENE, Ore. -- With heroin-related deaths on the rise across the U.S., a new drug is said to save the life of someone experiencing a heroin overdose.
The new drug Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is used by the Lane County Methadone Treatment program, Sacred Heart Medical Center and other medics across the county.
“It's a revival drug. It basically brings you back up and it triggers natural chemicals within your body,” said Jason Davis of the Lane Public Health, “What's happening with an overdose, your body is starting to shut down. This kind of revives you and gets your body back up.”
Naloxone can be delivered either in an injection, or in a nasal spray.
The drug is more readily available these days, Davis said, “Thanks to a bill last year that was signed by the governor and worked on by public health, it is dispensable without a prescription and people can administer it to themselves or a loved one if they have an overdose.”
Salem Police plan to begin training and equipping officers with Naloxone early next year.
While the drug does help someone recover, Davis said the best way to stop an overdose is by getting help with a substance abuse problem. There are many facilities in Lane County that deal with addiction and drug prevention.