Substance Use Disorder Treatment Medicine
PursueCareRx can fill all of your SUD/MAT prescriptions, other supportive medications, and any other prescriptions you may have.
We work with your prescribing clinicians to make the process as easy as possible.
All your medication can be shipped directly to your door.
We also offer Narcan and Naloxone nasal sprays for order online.
Naloxone is covered by most insurances, and can be purchased with HSA, FSA, and pharmacy discount cards. We have doctors that can write the script quickly and easily.
Naloxone Training/Administration Instructions
How to respond to an overdose using naloxone
Steps to identify and act on an opioid overdose:
Step 1: Identify the overdose and check responsiveness
Opioids can suppress breathing. If someone is not breathing or is struggling to breathe, try calling the person's name and rubbing your knuckles on their chest. If there's still no response, they could be experiencing an overdose.
Signs of overdose:
- blue or pale skin color
- small pinpoint pupils
- low blood pressure
- slow heartbeat
- slow or shallow breathing
- snoring sound
- gasping for air
Step 2: Get help and Call 9-1-1
After identifying an overdose, call for help as quickly as possible. Call 9-1-1. Make sure to say the person is unresponsive and not breathing or struggling to breathe. Give a clear address and location of where you are.
Step 3: Perform Rescue Breathing
Giving oxygen can save someone experiencing an overdose. Perform basic CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):
- Make sure nothing is in the person's mouth that can block breathing.
- Place one hand on the person's chin and tilt head back. Pinch their nose closed with the other hand.
- Administer 2 slow breaths and look for the person's chest to rise.
- Continue administering 1 breath every 5 seconds until the person starts breathing on their own.
- If the person is still unresponsive after repeating for 30 seconds, you can give naloxone.
Step 4: Administer naloxone
Follow the instructions for the form of naloxone you have - injectable or nasal spray. Don't forget to give rescue breaths while you prepare to administer naloxone.
After administering naloxone, continue giving rescue breaths, 1 breath every 5 seconds. If the person is still unresponsive in 2 to 3 minutes, you can give a second dose of naloxone. Continue breaths until emergency responders arrive.
Step 5: Stay until help arrives
Stay to make sure the person:
- Doesn't go into withdrawal
- Doesn't take more opioids, which could send them back into overdose
- Doesn't go back into overdose and need additional doses of naloxone
- Doesn't experience rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, seizures, sudden stopping of the heart, hallucinations or loss of consciousness, all of which require immediate medical attention
1. World Health Organization. Information Sheet on Opioid Overdose. Available at: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/information-sheet/en/.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Available at: www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html.
3. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Reference: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Learn more about opioid treatment options and how to find help through the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
What is medication-assisted treatment? Learn about this life-saving therapy through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Medication-assisted treatment: watch a short clip from the non-profit Pew charitable trusts organization that highlights medication-assisted treatment found here.
Addiction as a health issue: watch a short clip from SAMHSA summarizing why addiction is a disease and not a moral failure found here.
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