Chris in recovery

“I’ve been in recovery for over 6 years. We all know relapses occur. Naloxone saved my life multiple times, so I decided to put EVZIO in each of my sober living properties so we’re ready when or if it happens. When I found one of my clients motionless, foaming at the mouth, and his eyes rolled back, I grabbed my EVZIO in a panic and then called 911. I used EVZIO and he immediately came back to.

I learned that sometimes individuals may need multiple doses. You should also know that opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur suddenly after using EVZIO."*

*Actual story.

Chris in recovery

"I’ve been in recovery for over 6 years. We all know relapses occur. Naloxone saved my life multiple times, so I decided to put EVZIO in each of my sober living properties so we’re ready when or if it happens. When I found one of my clients motionless, foaming at the mouth, and his eyes rolled back, I grabbed my EVZIO in a panic and then called 911. I used EVZIO and he immediately came back to.

I learned that sometimes individuals may need multiple doses. You should also know that opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur suddenly after using EVZIO."*

*Actual story.

My opioid addiction

There’s a guy lifeless in a car. He’s blue. He doesn’t seem to be breathing. He looks like he’s overdosing. That was a call made to 911. The guy turning blue in the car, barely breathing, was me— and that was the ninth time I had overdosed.

When I was 16, I was introduced to my first opioid. My friend’s mom had terminal brain cancer and had a prescription for opioids. He knew I was interested in trying new things, and this would be my opportunity. When you’re 16, you think you’re invincible. You hear the stories of how people get hooked on drugs, and they can’t stop, even though they want to. And you think, That’s not me. I’m different.

By the time I was 18, I was fully addicted to opioids. I knew in the back of my mind that I was hurting myself and that I needed to stop. But despite my strong belief that I could stop whenever I wanted, and that this was a choice, I couldn’t stop using.

My recovery journey:

I think a big part of my recovery this time was that I wasn’t just working on staying off opioids, I was working on myself. By treating myself better, I could focus on my new project—recovery.

I became friends with a lot of the staff at the facility where I was staying. Once I completed rehab, I moved into a sober living facility. And one of those friendships that I made there helped do more than keep me clean—it led to the next chapter in my life.

I worked at the sober living facility for a couple of years before I branched out on my own and opened my first sober living facility for men. I believe that my experiences as an addict, overdosing, and as a person who has been in recovery since July 20, 2012, gave me an inside view on helping others stop using opioids and stay sober.

Being EVZIO-Ready:

Since naloxone saved my life multiple times, I decided to put EVZIO on each property. I train everyone who works for me or who stays on the property on how to use EVZIO.

We all know that relapses occur, so we’re ready when or if that happens. Despite all the training, there is no way to prepare yourself mentally for having to use the EVZIO. I was checking on one of my clients late at night. After no response, I frantically kicked open the door and saw his motionless body on the ground. He was foaming at the mouth, and his eyes had rolled back. I grabbed my EVZIO in a panic and then called 911. I used EVZIO on him, and he immediately came to. His eyes opened, and I knew that EVZIO had helped save his life.

I learned that sometimes individuals may need multiple doses and that it is important to seek emergency medical treatment, even after administering EVZIO.

Watching someone dying from an overdose in front of you. Being powerless to stop it. Waiting for paramedics to arrive. I can’t think of any worse feeling. I had to endure nine overdoses before I decided to stop using opioids. Recovering from addiction is a long process and a journey. As long as you’re alive, it’s never too late to start that journey.

Sharing your story may help save lives

If you are interested in becoming a voice to help increase awareness of opioid overdose risks and have experience with EVZIO, we want to hear from you!

Call the EVZIO Team
If in recovery: 844-738-2127
If taking opioids: 855-491-1865

Talk to your healthcare professional to learn more about EVZIO.

You also can call 1-855-77-EVZIO (1-855-773-8946) for more information about EVZIO.

INDICATION

What is EVZIO?

EVZIO is a prescription medicine used in adults and children for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond.

EVZIO is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after the first dose of EVZIO, even if the person wakes up.

EVZIO is safe and effective in children for known or suspected opioid overdose.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about EVZIO?

EVZIO is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medicines. The medicine in EVZIO has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medicines. Always carry EVZIO with you in case of an opioid emergency.

Who should not use EVZIO?

Do not use EVZIO if you are allergic to naloxone hydrochloride or any of the ingredients in EVZIO.

What are the ingredients in EVZIO?

Active ingredient: naloxone hydrochloride
Inactive ingredients: sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid to adjust pH, and water

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using EVZIO?

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of EVZIO?

EVZIO may cause serious side effects, including:

Common side effects of EVZIO include dizziness and injection site redness.

These are not all of the possible side effects of EVZIO. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What is EVZIO?

EVZIO is a prescription medicine used in adults and children for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. EVZIO is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after the first dose of EVZIO, even if the person wakes up. EVZIO is safe and effective in children for known or suspected opioid overdose.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about EVZIO?

EVZIO is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medicines. The medicine in EVZIO has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medicines. Always carry EVZIO with you in case of an opioid emergency.

INDICATION

What is EVZIO?

EVZIO is a prescription medicine used in adults and children for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond.

EVZIO is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after the first dose of EVZIO, even if the person wakes up.

EVZIO is safe and effective in children for known or suspected opioid overdose.