Naloxone -For All Opioid Overdoses
My daughter emailed me this today,
"Mom, did you see that they have an overdose reversal med? Just thinking about a little boy that likes spending time at grandmas. I thought it would be good to have one of these around. You are very careful, but you never know. Want me to get one?"
Of course I said yes! One can never be too safe!
This was the link included in the email from Walgreen:
I am attempting to get a link from Walgreens so you can buy Naloxone from a link I can provide. I have not heard back from them as of yet. Check back, or better yet, sign up to receive emails when I put out a new blog post!
It is my understanding Naloxone is also available at not only Walgreens, but also, CVS/pharmacy.
Naloxone is a drug used to treat respiratory depression caused by opioids. Opioids produce their effects by acting on opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system. Naloxone works by blocking these opioid receptors, thus stopping opioids from acting on them. This reverses the effects of the opioid and has proven to save many lives of those found overdosed by inappropriately using the medication. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naloxone)
Here is more information if you want to be informed further: Naloxone Information from the NIH Medlineplus
This is how it works:
This is how it works:
The Sad Thing
Honestly, I did not even think I needed one. I have my meds in a safe, bolted to the wall, except my weekly pill dispenser. "Except"... I keep that in a high up place where the grandkid can’t get to and I move it to my safe when we have many visitors. I’m really glad my daughter emailed that to me. For I don’t know if I would have thought to get one for him, or anyone else I may come across that may need to be treated. I thought I was being safe!
Anyways I just thought I'd pass the info. along for any of you that may have never considered one was necessary, like me. I take my meds responsibly. However, somehow I overlooked one of the most important little people in my life, my grandson. All little kids like to explore and get into things. It only takes a split second. It might all be right there in front of them and we may not even know it!
"Poison centers receive calls every day about young children getting into medicines without adult supervision; that's why we encourage all parents and caregivers to follow these simple steps to ensure their child's safety."
Preventing Accidental Overdoses with Children
Although I have always been the type of person to know where a little kid is at all times when they are over. They call them “helicopter moms” now days. I just always felt they needed to be in the line of sight or you can at least hear them if around the corner in another room.
When we have dangerous medications in our homes we need to take all precautions available to be sure accidents don't happen and drastically change your life forever. It doesn’t matter if you are a helicopter mom or grandma, or a more relaxed one, deadly accidents happen to all of us no matter how attentive we think we are!
Children Being Accidentally Poisoned!
Kids are frequently accidentally poisoned when they come upon drugs while exploring and put them in their mouths. Where as teenagers will seek out drugs to get high and aren't aware of what "just one more" can do to you, or what the toxic level to where they will compromise their respiration and die. They are not aware of what having something alcoholic to drink with it can do. They see many others do it and think they can tolerate it as well, and even purposely taking a higher quantity to be cool or try for a higher high, with deadly effects! I will discuss teens and opioid abuse as a part of my next blog post.
“In 2012, 64,000 kids were treated in emergency rooms for medicine poisoning; that's one child every eight minutes, according to a new report from Safe Kids. The report, which is based on data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Poison Control Centers, sheds light on this entirely preventable problem, including where children are most likely to be exposed to potentially deadly medicines.” The article continued by stating that:
-parents' and grandparents' medications cause most children drug poisonings.
-in three out of four cases of child drug poisonings, the medication belonged to a parent (39 percent of cases) or grandparent (38 percent of cases).
-the fact that grandparents' medication is due to the increase of many grandchildren living with the grandparents, grandparents living with their adult children, as well as 1 in 8 grandkids are cared for by their grand children.-older adults are among the most medicated populations, the average adult aged 65 and older taking 28 prescriptions per year, (http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/retail-rx-drugs-by-age/) this drastically increases children's danger of accidental drug overdose.
-taking medications is so frequently in many homes that many “become complacent, neglecting to regard their pills as potential killers. Adding to the problem, many seniors take medications multiple times a day and purposely keep them in easy-to-access, prominent locations so they don't forget a dose. The report (http://www.safekids.org/med_report_2014) revealed that among grandparents who take care of their grandkids every day:
-28% keep their medicines in easy-open containers or bottles without a child-resistant cap
-42% of those who use easy-open containers also keep their medicine on a bathroom or kitchen sink, counter, table, or shelf
-12 % keep prescription medications on a nightstand or dresserThis is incredibly frightening to me! It takes a split second for a child to snatch a pill out of one of those containers, off a counter top, table, or off the floor and swallow it. Sadly, that is frequently all it takes to cause life-threatening, and sometimes fatal, reactions in their small bodies. (Information obtained from: http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20111213/accidental-drug-overdoses-on-rise-among-kids &http://www.safekids.org/med_report_2014)
"Poison centers receive calls every day about young children getting into medicines without adult supervision; that's why we encourage all parents and caregivers to follow these simple steps to ensure their child's safety
Those steps include:
- Put all medications and vitamins in a place children can’t reach.
- Put medicines and vitamins away every time you use them. Never leave them out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child’s bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours.
- Listen for the click to make sure the safety cap on medicines is locked.
- Teach children about medicine safety. Never tell children that medicine is candy to get them to take it.
- Tell guests about medicine safety. Ask house guests and visitors to keep purses, bags, and coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are visiting.
- Be prepared in case of emergency. Program the poison control phone number into home and cell phones (800-222-1222).
(Resources and quotes from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/26/child-drug-poisoning.aspx)
I would like to add:
- Buy a safe that you can bolt to the wall in a closet and keep your medications locked in that. They may be pricey, however there is no price you can put on safety! Maybe check on Craigslist or wait for a sale at a store in your area! The picture is a less expensive one, but is not able to be bolted to a floor.Harbor Freight also has good deals on various sizes! You can click the link for their advertisement and also a 20% off coupon.Harbor Freight Safes.
It’s About Prevention!
Most people have sadly had their lives touched by a loved one that has had a drug problem. There are many stories out there of overdoses that have happened accidentally and purposely because of many different situations.
I personally don't plan playing a role in any one of those stories! I hope you can reread the lists above of what you can do to help prevent overdoses!
I am glad my daughter emailed offering to buy that for me!
My next blog post will take a more in-depth look at drug abuse and opioids.
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