Naloxone (otherwise, known by brand name, Narcan) is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioids to prevent an overdose from happening.

As the opioid epidemic continues to threaten the lives of Americans across the country, Alabama is taking steps to protect its youths by making Naloxone available in public high schools.

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a substance that binds to opioid receptors to block the effects of an opioid and thus, restore a person’s respiration. Naloxone can be administered through an auto-injector.

Teen opioid abuse

Because opioids are extremely addictive and have been vastly over-prescribed, more Americans than ever are hooked on the stuff. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit and prescription drugs.

Experts believe that teens may be beginning to use the drugs because they can be taken from parents easily and don’t carry the same stigma as street drugs. In fact, 276,000 teens (aged between 12 and 17) used pain relievers for non-medical reasons in 2016, and 122,000 of the population were classified as addicted to prescription drugs.

Making public schools safe

Alabama schools have responded to the opioid epidemic by allowing public schools the tools to prevent overdose. Narcan and training on its use will be made available to administrators, coaches and other staff members at public schools across the state.

There is even talk of transitioning the program into public middle schools too.

Seeking help for drug charges

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse, you should obtain Narcan to prevent overdose. Narcan is available as a standing order prescription. Instructions are available by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

However, you could be charged with possession or trafficking if you are found under the influence of opioids. In this case, contact Criminal Defense attorney for help defending your case. A lawyer may be able to help you enter a drug court program that would keep you from serving time for this offense.