PEORIA, Il. — People in the Peoria area got the chance on Wednesday to learn about Narcan, a medication that reverses the effects of opioid addiction.
“I provide a brief training of how the medication works, what it’s for, and essentially a person can take the kit with them it’s really fast,” said Community Educator Sue Tisdale.
Narcan reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
“This does not dissolve the opioids, but lifts them off the receptors which allows the person to breath again,” said Tisdale.
Narcan kits come with directions and two doses.
“All you do is stick it up your nostril and push the plunger that’s underneath, it will of course spray the medication that will travel straight through the mucus membranes to the opioid receptors in the brain,” said Tisdale.
Statistics show this drug is working and actively saving lives.
“The Narcan is actually getting into the right hands and making a difference,” said Tisdale
Sue has been doing Narcan training across Central Illinois for two years and plans to continue in the future.