“Drug overdose is a serious public health concern and opioid-related overdose has increased as a health threat. A life-saving law took effect on April 1, 2006, making it legal in New York State for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. All registered opioid overdose programs are furnished Naloxone (Narcan) by the NYSDOH. It is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin (or other opioids) in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.” (https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/general/opioid_overdose_prevention/)
New Hope Manor is a registered opioid overdose program.
All New Hope Manor staff are trained to administer Naloxone; this training is also offered to clients, their families, friends and sober supports.
How do I recognize signs of an opioid overdose?
- The person can’t be woken up
- Breathing is very slow or not existent
- Lips or nails may seem blu
What should I do if I see an overdose?
- Call 911 immediately!
- Say “I think someone may have overdosed.”
- If the person isn’t breathing, do rescue (mouth-to-mouth) breathing by pinching the nose and blowing into the mouth
- Administer naloxone (Narcan) if you have it
- Lay the person on their side once they have resumed breathing
- Stay with the overdosed person until the ambulance arrives