Question:

What is naloxene?

Answer:

According to the white paper “Healthcare Strategies to Reduce the Harms of Opioids,” naloxone “is an FDA-approved opioid antagonist that can immediately reverse the effects of an opioid overdose by reversing and preventing binding of opioids with receptors in the brain. Naloxone displaces the opioid at the receptors, reversing the respiratory depression caused by the opioid overdose and effectively reversing potentially fatal opioid effects within a few minutes.”

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