Demi Lovato has been treated with Narcan following an apparent heroin overdose at her home in the Hollywood Hills, according to TMZ. Paramedics found Demi unconscious when they arrived at her residence.
Narcan is the brand name of the drug also known as Naloxone. It can be used as an opiate antidote in the correct circumstance. When an individual is experiencing an overdose of opioids, breathing can be slowed or stop altogether making it very hard to wake the person from this state. It is a prescription medication that is used to block the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. Narcan cannot be used to get high.
Demi Lovato has fought substance abuse for years, and at one point lived in a sober living home after being released from an addiction treatment center. She was 6 years sober from alcohol, cocaine, and Oxycontin.
She also recently released a song last month titled “Sober”, in which she details that she had not maintained her sobriety.
Wake Me When the Shakes Are Gone, And The Cold Sweats Disappear,
Call Me When It’s Over, And Myself Has Reappeared.
Momma, I’m So Sorry, I’m Not Sober Anymore. And Daddy,
Please Forgive Me, For The Drinks Spilled On The Floor.
To The Ones Who Never Left Me, We’ve Been Down This Rod Before.
I’m So Sorry. I’m Not Sober Anymore
In March, Demi marked six years of sobriety, where she celebrated the milestone during her Tell Me You Love Me tour with DJ Khaled. She told the crowd in NYC that she realized she needed to make a change after throwing up in her car while drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle. She continued on to say:
The reason why I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help and I want them to know that it’s OK.
Mental health is something that we all need to talk about and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.
At Freedom From Addiction, we are sending thoughts and prayers to Demi and her family during this difficult time. Addiction is a disease which needs to be treated with medical support and therapy.
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