Indiana State Universities Teaching Critical Drug Overdose Help Techniques

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Drug addiction is a major issue across the entire country. The rise in prescription drug abuse is one of the main causes for this increase. The introduction of new drugs like meth, synthetic marijuana, and others has only added to the growing problem. Drug related injury and overdose continue to fill emergency room beds, while more and more people experiment with these dangerous drugs. It seems clearly evident that the ‘War on Drugs’ has not yielded any significant results. Indiana is currently suffering from staggering numbers of prescription drug addiction, overdose, and the outbreak of HIV. This rise in addiction and related injury has prompted Indiana State Universities to teach critical drug overdose help techniques.


Narcan is an opioid antagonist and a synthetic congener of xylophone. Narcan, Naloxone hydrochloride, is a white to slightly off white powder, which is water soluble. The drug prevents or reverses the effects of opioids, which include respiratory depression, sedation, and hypotension. It is a pure opioid antagonist, which means that it does not possess the ‘agonistic’ or morphine-like characteristics. The characteristics of this drug do not show ability for tolerance, abuse, or addiction. The drug will produce withdrawal symptoms, in the presence of physical dependence to opioids. In Vitro evidence suggests that Narcan antagonizes opioid effects by competing for several opiate receptors. The drug is used for individuals who are suffering from an opioid overdose, like prescription pain medications or heroin. The drug is currently used by life-saving professionals and various police enforcement agencies.

Indiana University

Indiana State University is the first University that is providing this overdose drug tool to its officers. Specialists praise the drug because it only works on an opiate, and nothing else. Since the drug only reverses the effects of opiates, it is safe to give to a person who is on or not on opiates. Indiana’s prescription drug abuse problem is a social issue that requires significant treatment. Approximately 77% of those who overdose begin their journey in drug addiction by taking medications that are prescribed by their physician. The Indiana Attorney General is backing the educational work of former graduate of Indiana State University’s doctor of nursing practice program in educating local officers on drug overdose prevention techniques. The Attorney General has co-authored a law which offers some legal protection to first responders and those seeking medical assistance for others. The training also provides information on Senate Bill 406, Aaron’s Law, which allows third party individuals to obtain Narcan themselves. Friends and family members that believe a loved one is in danger of overdosing can obtain this drug to help in case of an emergency. The education on the new law informs concerned loved ones of how to administer the drug and what to do next. These professions want to stress that even if the overdose reversing drug works that these loved ones should still call medical professionals. The training and availability of the drug have come to save 200 lives in Marion County alone, since the beginning of the 2015 year. Indiana State is leading the way in drug overdose prevention and response. Local officials are energetic about the possibility of saving individuals lives. This program is going to help prevent overdoses on Indiana campuses and better protect the entire Indiana State area. Drug overdose continues to destroy lives across the country. The introduction of this new and effective drug is helping to save lives. New laws protecting individuals from prosecution for seeking help is also doing wonders for getting drug addicts the help they need.



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