CLEVELAND -- Dr. Joan Papp works at MetroHealth's emergency department and has seen her share of heroin overdoses. Now she's saving lives with education.
Every Friday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Free Clinic, she's giving lifesaving kits to heroin addicts. It includes the drug Naloxone that reverses heroin overdoses.
"Naloxone is the antidote to opioid overdose it reverses the effect of opioids on the body. It immediately restores breathing and allows the victim to regain consciousness and begin breathing on their own," Dr. Papp says.
Many addicts die because family or friends don't know what to do or don't want to get arrested.
The kit is free to addicts but legally cannot be given to non-users. However they can be trained to use the medication.
Naloxone, or by its trade name, Narcan, blocks the receptor in the brain for heroin. It puts the addict in immediate withdrawl.
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