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Naloxone: Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and can be life-saving if administered in time. The drug is sold under the brand name Narcan or Evzio.

Narcotic: Originally, narcotic referred to psychoactive compounds with sleep inducing properties (typically opioids such as heroin). In moderate doses, narcotics will dull the senses, relieve pain, and induce sleep. In large doses, narcotics will cause stupor, coma, and death.

Narcotic drugs: Narcotic drugs originally referred to any substance that dulled the senses and relieved pain. Some people use the term to refer to all illegal drugs but technically, it refers only to opioids. Opioid is now the preferred term to avoid confusion.  

Natural Recovery: A common recovery pathway in which remission from substance use disorder is achieved without the support or services of professional or non-professional intervention. Also known as self-managed recovery.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a post-natal withdrawal syndrome inherited by children exposed to substances, such as opioids, during pregnancy. Babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome are more likely to suffer from low birthweight, breathing problems, feeding problems, seizures, or birth defects.

Non-hospital based detoxification: Twenty-four (24) hour withdrawal management services monitored by medical professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses) in a residential setting.  Services are provided in accordance with physician approved procedures and protocols and include, evaluation, observation, monitoring and treatment of withdrawal symptoms. This level of care is for those experiencing acute physical problems related to substance use.

Non-opioid therapy: Non-opioid therapy methods of managing pain that does not involve opioids. These methods can include, but are not limited to, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®), cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, meditation, exercise, medications for depression or for seizures, or interventional therapies (injections).

Non-pharmacologic therapy: Non-pharmacologic therapy are treatments that do not involve medications, including physical treatments (e.g., exercise therapy, weight loss) and behavioral treatments (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy).

Nonmedical use: Nonmedical use is the taking of prescribed or diverted prescription drugs (drugs not prescribed to the person using them) not in the way, for the reasons, in the amount, or during the time-period prescribed.

Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT): Medication Assisted Treatment, Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Medications including, but not limited to, Suboxone, (Buprenorphine) Subutex, Vivitrol, prescribed medications by a qualifying physician in a medical or behavioral health center and include counseling and behavioral therapies.