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AustraliaNasal spray saves victims of accidental drugs overdoses

16:16  14 march  2019
16:16  14 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Narelle Hassett was given a second chance - and only wished her brother was given a similar lifeline.

Shane died from an opioid drug overdose after a simple ear infection led to an addiction to prescription medications.

"I think a lot of people don't even realise how big pharmaceutical addiction is, it's massive," said Narelle Hassett from Bendigo in Victoria.

Nasal spray saves victims of accidental drugs overdoses © Nine Narelle Hassett was given a second chance - and only wished her brother was given a similar lifeline.

She said her brother started using Panadeine Forte, which contains codeine and paracetamol, to help manage an ear infection.

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A drug overdose (or simply overdose or OD) is the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or typically practiced.

Accidental overdoses are less common with prescription drugs , because the strength and dosage are known, and the physician provides instructions regarding the appropriate amount. However, accidental overdoses of prescription drugs can occur at times of confusion or forgetfulness, if the person has

"He continued to go back and get more Panadeine Forte, then eventually doctors started prescribing endone, oxycontin, tramadol," she said.

More than a thousand Australians died of an opioid overdose in 2016.

A majority of the deaths were attributed to prescription medication used for pain relief such as morphine, oxycodone and codeine.

About 85 per cent of opioid-induced deaths are considered accidental.

Nasal spray saves victims of accidental drugs overdoses © Nine

"This is a huge issue and the numbers are getting worse," said Professor Nick Lintzeris, Addiction Medicine Specialist from the University of Sydney.

"The big shift though compared to say 15, 20 years ago is that now the majority of people that are overdosing on opioids are actually overdosing with pharmaceutical prescription opiate medications, so it's no longer heroin as the main overdose drug," he said.

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A nasal spray version has also been approved for use and requires no special training to administer. How It Works. Naloxone blocks the effects of drugs Deaths from overdoses of narcotic prescription painkillers more than tripled in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014. These drugs now kill more people than

Drug overdose and intoxication are significant causes of accidental death, and can also be used as a form of suicide. Death can occur from overdosing on a single or multiple drugs

For decades, emergency workers on the front line have used naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.

Now, a nasal spray called Nyxoid has become available over the counter through pharmacists.

It's the first needle-free option available in Australia and experts believe this will change the landscape of rescue treatment as it is minimally intrusive for the user.

"This is important because an intra nasal product is so much easier to use than a prefilled syringe," said Professor Lintzeris.

Nasal spray saves victims of accidental drugs overdoses © Nine / iStock A nasal spray called Nyxoid has become available over the counter through pharmacists.

“It's so much easier to train patients, carers and family members around the use of an intranasal product. It's also so much easier to store and carry.”

A NSW Coroner recently recommended the immediate distribution of the nasal spray to paramedics, police officers, general practitioners and emergency departments.

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It was Naloxone that saved Narelle's life after she suffered a heroin overdose as a troubled teenager.

She has kept the original packaging left behind by paramedics, marked with the date her life changed for the better.

"I've still got that, just as a reminder, of how lucky I am," she said.

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