Published by American Medical Association

How naloxone works

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can be administered to someone experiencing an opioid overdose. It works by blocking the opioid’s effects, helps restore breathing and prevents death.

One of the 5 goals of the Task Force is to encourage physicians to co-prescribe naloxone to a patient or prescribe naloxone to a family member or close friend when it is clinically appropriate.

Download the Task Force’s guide to increasing access to naloxone for more information on how to save lives from overdose.

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