Opioids Fighting Opioids: Naloxone and Methadone

There’s a saying in drug rehab circles: “A dead person can’t recover.” While not for everyone, or for every recovery, two drugs have saved many lives. Both are included in the World Health Organization’s list of Essential Medicines.

Naloxone

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, was recently used to save pop star Demi Lovato’s life. It is a fast acting and easy to administer drug which can be used in emergencies to reverse opioid overdose.

As of 2014, only 8 percent of counties in the US had access to Narcan, however awareness is expanding. The drug is seeing strong support after successful trials in Massachusetts and New York. Quincy officers, for example, were able to reverse 211 out of 221 overdoses. For people concerned with recovery, this is a fantastic trend to support.

Methadone

Methadone, also known by the brand name Dolophine also saves lives. It is used in drug replacement therapy and helps with detox from opioids such as heroin. Depending on how often a person has been using opioids, methadone can be used as a replacement to help the wean themselves off.

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Controversy

It must be said that not everyone agrees with this research. Some people feel that Narcan shouldn’t be used for cynical reasons. Others feel that total drug abstinence should be practiced instead of changing vectors to methadone.

However, not every person is the same and different people will need different solutions. That is why you should work with qualified medical professionals for your detox and clean living needs. If your doctor is educated about your personal and family history, they can help you choose the best program for you personally. If you’re in Florida and want to learn more about opiates detox and recovery, please call us now at (844) 299-0618.

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