Opioid use disorder is a problem that affects the entire nation, including our great state, Iowa.
Fortunately, Naloxone (Narcan) exists and is available to anyone living in Iowa that is at least 18 years of age for free! Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal medication; it comes in the form of a nasal spray and has proven to be very effective and safe.
Naloxone works by binding to the opioid receptors in the body and blocks the effects of other opioids that are already in the system. Normal breathing begins to be restored, and a person will start to withdraw from the opioids within minutes.
Naloxone is available for Iowans for free through community-based pharmacies that participate in the program or through Telenaloxone.org (an online option that sends Naloxone directly to your mailing address). Naloxone is also available to schools, businesses, community organizations, and more through IHHS and the SOR 3 (state opioid response) grant.
If you or someone you care about needs help with Opioid use disorder, call Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services at 641-683-6747. At Sieda we can find help for today, and hope for tomorrow.