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Naloxone has been used in healthcare settings since the 1960's as an emergency treatment for opioid overdoses. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which blocks the effects of opioids in the brain for a period of 30-90 minutes and helps stop overdoses by counteracting respiratory problems and nervous system depression both of which are the most fatal sysmptoms of opiod overdoses and insites the rapid onset of withdrawal symptoms. This allows the invidiudal to be able to breathe normally while under its effects. Nalaxone has no pyschoactive properties and therefore has no effect on individuals if there arent any opioids in an individuals body and there is no chance of abuse.
The most common method of use is for it to be injected intravenously for the fastest effects and the drug generally acts within a minute of injection. Injections can be adminsitered intramuscularly or intravenously. Naloxone marketed under various trademarks and can also be know as narcan, nalone and narcanti.
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