Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

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Stopping Overdose with “Rescue Drugs”

Any person who uses opioid drugs is at increase risk of overdose, whether the drugs are prescribed medications like OxyContin or Vicodin, or those used solely for recreational purposes, such as heroin. The risk of overdose is even higher when opiates are used with alcohol or other drugs.

An overdose can be safely reversed with use of a “rescue drug” known as naloxone, or Narcan. Until recently, naloxone was available only with a prescription, but it is becoming easier to obtain and is often available at pharmacies over the counter. Many community service organizations or overdose prevention groups provide naloxone free of charge to at-risk people.

You Can Save a Life

If a friend or family member uses opioid drugs, or if you are in situations where you might witness an overdose, obtain naloxone and keep it readily available. If you are an opioid drug user, keep naloxone (Narcan) on hand and tell friends and family where it is and how to use it. Most overdoses occur in the home, often in the presence of friends, family or caregivers.

Administer naloxone even if you aren’t sure an overdose is occurring. It won’t harm a person who isn’t overdosing, and if you suspect an overdose, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.

Recognizing Signs of an Overdose

  • Slow breathing, or no breathing at all
  • Slow heartbeat, or no heartbeat at all
  • Gurgling, choking or snoring sound
  • Blue or gray fingertips and lips
  • Non-responsive to the sound of your voice, even if you call their name

Types of Naloxone

There are three primary ways for non-medical people to administer naloxone. Clear instructions are provided with each.

  1. Nasal spray, inserted into each nostril
  2. Injectable, injected into the thigh muscle or upper arm
  3. Auto-injector, injected into the outer thigh

What to do in Case of Overdose

  • Call the local emergency medical responders immediately, even if the person wakes up and starts to breathe after naloxone is administered. Naloxone is not a substitute for emergency medical care. Dangerous symptoms of overdose, including respiratory difficulties, can occur even after the person wakes up.
  • Administer naloxone immediately after calling for help. Don’t wait.
  • Follow any directions provided by emergency personnel. They may advise you to do chest compressions or rescue breathing (CPR) until help arrives.
  • Give the person a second dose of naloxone if there is no reaction after three minutes. Naloxone usually comes in a two-pack.
  • Stay with the person until emergency help arrives. He may be frightened and confused, and may experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone wears on after 30 to 60 minutes.
  • This may be a good opportunity to suggest drug treatment program or rehab clinic, but don’t force the issue.

About Good Samaritan Laws

Most States in the U.S. have approved Good Samaritan Laws, which means you can call police or emergency medical personnel in the event of an overdose without fear of prison or other repercussions. Similar legislation has been enacted in several countries and communities across Europe.


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