(HealthDay News) — Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is a medication that treats opioid overdose.

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Naloxone can restore normal respiration for people who have stopped breathing, says the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Naloxone can be:

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  • Injected, or used as a nasal spray.
  • Given by friends and family members, depending on the state.
  • Varied in dosage. Always read the package carefully before using it.
  • Bought at many pharmacies where states permit its sale.

If someone you know is overdosing, call 911 immediately.

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