Justin in recovery

"I became physically and mentally addicted to opioids, and I had no idea. I never saw myself as a person who was out of control. The first few months of sobriety were the hardest. I had to work at it, but later on, I felt like I had regained control of my life. The first time I heard of EVZIO was when I was in a training session for naloxone and someone was preparing me to use it. I liked that there was a voice guiding me through how to administer it just in case I forgot.

You should also know that opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur suddenly after using EVZIO. And even after having EVZIO administered, the person should still be taken to the hospital to receive medical attention because this is just a rescue treatment and does not replace emergency medical care."*

*Actual story.

Justin in recovery

"I became physically and mentally addicted to opioids, and I had no idea. I never saw myself as a person who was out of control. The first few months of sobriety were the hardest. I had to work at it, but later on, I felt like I had regained control of my life. The first time I heard of EVZIO was when I was in a training session for naloxone and someone was preparing me to use it. I liked that there was a voice guiding me through how to administer it just in case I forgot.

You should also know that opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur suddenly after using EVZIO. And even after having EVZIO administered, the person should still be taken to the hospital to receive medical attention because this is just a rescue treatment and does not replace emergency medical care."*

*Actual story.

My opioid addiction

During my freshman year of high school, I was a varsity pitcher for our baseball team. During a game, I felt a twinge in my shoulder, but I kept it to myself. I stayed in, powered through it and pitched a complete game. My doctor diagnosed me with ligament damage that would heal fine with some rest and physical therapy. To help with my pain, my doctor prescribed 5 mg of an opioid pain reliever to take every couple of hours.

I quickly realized that these pills didn’t just help with pain. They made me feel good—they got me high. I finished my prescription, taking it exactly as prescribed the whole time. I vividly remember the disappointment I felt in the back of my mind when all of my pills were gone. The summer after my freshman year, I went to a party and got drunk for the first time. I began drinking and partying every weekend, whenever I could, and even started to experiment with marijuana. A family member in my home was injured at work and was prescribed an opioid, and I began stealing the pills.

I became physically and mentally addicted, and I had no idea. I told myself, “I just like being high. I can stop whenever I want.” I stopped caring about anything in my life besides getting high. Eventually, I graduated to buying pills off the street and snorting the pills instead of eating them. So by my 17th birthday, I made the conscious choice to move on to heroin.

My recovery journey:

My family started to notice the changes in me and became suspicious. I went to an adolescent rehab program. Unfortunately, my insurance cut me off after eight days. I left that day with the intention of staying clean and sober. I made it a couple days until I relapsed again, and my cycle started all over. I relapsed two more times within the next year and had two more treatment episodes.

After many failed attempts at sobriety from treatment centers, outpatient programs, sober livings, and on my own, I was making progress. I found out about a new sober living home that was opening in my area and I became their first resident. This time, I was really ready to do it. I was ready to stop abusing drugs.

I completed 18 months of sobriety. The facility I got sober with offered me a job—it was a dream come true. My passion grew to helping other people who are struggling with the same things I went through.

Being EVZIO-Ready:

I knew about naloxone for quite a while. But the first time I heard of EVZIO was when I was in a training session. I learned all about how to administer it on someone and how it works. I liked that there was a voice guiding me through how to administer it just in case I forgot.

I also learned that some people may require multiple doses to help counteract the opioid and help save their life. And even after having EVZIO administered, the person should still be taken to the hospital to receive medical attention because this is just a rescue treatment and does not replace emergency medical care.

It sounded like something that everyone who has an opioid addiction or who works in the field should have, so I decided to get a prescription from my doctor. I wanted to have it for myself, or anyone around me that may come in contact with opioids.

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.