Can a naloxone prescription prevent overdose from pain medication?

If you are taking prescription opioid medication for pain relief, talk to your physician about a naloxone prescription. Naloxone can help prevent overdose.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that having a naloxone prescription reduces the chances of overdose and possible emergency room visits. The study followed 1,985 adults receiving long-term opioid therapy for pain. Patients who received a naloxone prescription had 47% fewer opioid-related emergency department visits in the 6 months after receipt of the prescription and 63% fewer visits after 1 year. Click here for the full study.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone can be co-prescribed if you are receiving prescribed opioids for pain. Providing naloxone may reduce the chance of suffering death as a result of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is a safe way to prevent death as a result of opioid overdose. For more information on naloxone, click here (National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Drug Abuse) or click here (Harm Reduction Coalition). Naloxone is also known under the trade name Narcan®.

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What is the role of naloxone in preventing overdose and treating addiction?

Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioid medication, especially in overdose. Naloxone works to prevent you from feeling the highs of addiction, and it is an important tool in safely weaning off addictive mediation. Family physicians who participated in the study prescribed naloxone to patients with high opioid doses and patients who had previously had emergency room visits related to their opioid use. These patients were able to continue to receive pain relief from opioids with a significant decrease in overdoses and other events that required emergency care.

Talk to us about safe opioid use

If you are ready to work towards preventing overdose, or developing a plan to heal from addiction, call today, or just fill out the contact form below and click submit. At Thalia Medical Center, we will work with you to build a plan that is safe and sustainable for you.


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