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  • Call 9-1-1

  • Support breathing by performing rescue breathing.

  • Administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effect of opioids, as an injection or nasal spray.

  • Place the person in recovery position on their side if breathing independently.

  • Stay with person and keep him/her warm and until help arrives.


  • Slap or try to forcefully stimulate the person — it will only cause further injury. If shouting, rubbing knuckles on the sternum, or light pinching will not awaken the person, he/she may be unconscious.

  • Put the person into a cold bath or shower. This increases the risk of falling, drowning or going into shock.

  • Inject the person with any substance (salt water, milk, speed, heroin, etc).

  • Try to make the person vomit drugs that he/she may have swallowed. Choking or inhaling vomit into the lungs can cause death.

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Methodone Treatment

Methadone is an effective and legal substitute for heroin or other narcotics. Methadone has been used in treatment programs since the 1960’s. It helps to stabilize the lives of people who are dependent on opiates and reduce the harm related to drug use.

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Suboxone Treatment

In terms of a pharmacological therapy for opioid addiction, many consider suboxone to be the “new kid on the block”.  It has been around for some time, both in the United States (where it is slowly surpassing methadone as the treatment of choice) and throughout Europe.

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