Since reports claim that Prince received a ‘save shot’ after allegedly overdosing just days before his death, HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY with an addiction expert who explained in great detail exactly what a ‘save shot’ is.
The world was left shocked when Prince, 57, died on Thursday, April 21, in his Minnesota home. However, a new report claims that the iconic singer received a ‘save shot’ at a hospital in Illinois almost a week before his untimely death. So, what exactly is a save shot?
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Brad Lamm, founder of Breathe Life Healing Center, spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY to explain what a “save shot” is, as well as how it works. Brad explained that a “save shot” is an opiate antidote used when the body becomes too relaxed and respiration stops after intaking high doses of an opiate drug. The formal name for an opiate antidote is Narcan, and Brad shared that he carries one in his bag at “all times.”
“Narcan is truly a miracle drug in the midst of an opiate epidemic,” Brad shared. “Narcan can be injected or inhaled as a nose spray.”
A Narcan save shot is often used to revive people who have overdosed on Percocet, which is the painkiller that allegedly left Prince unconscious on Friday, April 15 when his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. The save shot can also be used to “dose down” heroin, fentanyl, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, and more.
“Anyone with a loved one struggling with an opiate addiction, should have Narcan around,” Brad shared. “You can tell a person may have overdosed when their breathing becomes slow or stopped, you notice blue lips or fingernails, be vomiting, become limp or just plain unresponsive.”
For those of you curious to learn more about Brad, he is an author, teacher, interventionist, and Addiction Expert. He struggled through his own journey of recovery. Brad has never treated Prince, but he did produce an eight part docu-series Addicted To Food on Oprah Winfrey‘s network.
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