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To help address the issue of opioid misuse, the Iowa Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is launching a new initiative to provide naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal medication) to Iowa organizations, businesses and schools, which may be in a position to render aid to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose. 

The purpose of this initiative is to equip organizations, businesses, and schools incase they encounter someone experiencing a suspected opioid overdose. While the hope is there would never be a need for the use of naloxone, having this medication available as part of a first-aid response could save someone's life. 

Key steps to a response:

  1. Assess responsiveness and breathing: CALL 911
  2. Provide respiratory support (position for open airway, if trained & comfortable provide rescue breaths)
  3. Administer naloxone intranasal spray in 1 nostril
  4. Monitor their response: repeat naloxone in other nostril after 3 minutes if unresponsive
  5. Place them in the recovery position (on their side).  Stay with them until EMS arrives. 


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