EAST HANOVER, N.J.- On Tuesday night, members of the East Hanover Emergecy Medical Services team were re-certified on how to use two life saving tools.
An Epipen is used when someone is experiencing anaphylactic shock from bug bites or stings,foods, drugs, etc and reverses the symptoms that develop such as a blood pressure that is declining, and reduction of swelling in the lips, mouth and throat.
Naloxone (Narcan) is administered when someone is suffering from an overdose of Opioids. Naloxone is administered through the nose in a spray form and immediately blocks the opiates from binding with the receptors. This stops the effect of the drug partially or completely. Some examples of Opioids can be prescription drugs such as Oxycontin and Percocet or illegal drugs such as Heroin and Fentanyl. Effects of Narcan can wear off in 30 minutes to an hour, seeking medical treatment after Narcan had been administered is very important.