What is Opioid Overdose?

Opioid overdose occurs when excessive amounts of narcotics are ingested. It is a leading cause of accidental death. Symptoms include slowed or even stopped heart rate and breathing, and decreased level of consciousness.

Opioid antagonists like naloxone are effective at reversing the effects of the overdose, not just treating the symptoms. Naloxone, even given immediately at home, isn't a substitute for medical care - if you suspect an overdose, contact emergency services.

Savings Tips for Opioid Overdose

  • Overdose-Reversing Nasal Spray in Pharmacies Now

    January 29, 2016

    Drug overdoses have been the main cause of injury death in the United States since 2008, according to the DEA. Car crashes used to be first in line, but deaths from drug overdose have now far surpassed those from motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

    How bad is the problem? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 person in the United States dies every 21 minutes from an opioid overdose. See More

  • No Prescription Needed for Life-Saving Naloxone

    October 09, 2015

    Naloxone (Evzio) can save the life of someone you care about in the case of an accidental exposure to or overdose from opioids—and it will now be available over the counter (without a prescription) in many states. This is a great step forward for better access to a life-saving medication.

    What is naloxone?
    Naloxone is used to temporarily stop or reverse the effects of powerful opioids that can cause an overdose. See More

  • Straight Out of Pulp Fiction: An Injection for Opioid Overdose You Can Use at Home

    April 09, 2014

    Heroin, Oxycontin or any opioid overdose is easily reversed with naloxone. You’ve seen it in the movies and it’s true, naloxone works to wake people up from the dead, well . . . most of the time. Now people won’t have to wait for paramedics to arrive or to get to the ER, it will be available as a prescription.

    The FDA has approved Evzio (naloxone injection) for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, which as you know manifests as respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. See More

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Popular Opioid Overdose Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Opioid Antagonists 133 See Prices
Opioid Antagonists 35 See Prices
Opioid Antagonists 3,765 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Opioid Overdose Drug Classes

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