Est. time: 11 min
In the United states, 2014 was a record year for deaths due to drug overdose. Most drug overdoses (six of ten) are due to prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin. Every day in the United States 78 people die from an opioid overdose. The drug naloxone (Narcan) is a safe antidote which reverses opioid overdose. Expanding access and use is key in preventing overdose deaths. In this tutorial written by Marie Angelone, BSN, RN, you will learn: Names of commonly abused prescription and illegal opioid drugs; Signs of opioid overdose; Steps to take when overdose is confirmed or suspected; And how to administer naloxone in both intra-muscular and intra-nasal forms.