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Answered 2011-12-01 21:22:37

It would not be the drug of choice for an opiate overdose, however as it is a CNS stimulate it will reduce the most life threatening effect of an opiate overdose -- most notably the depressed breathing.

That being said, the main method of administration (oral) would not be fast enough to counter acute overdose (approx 30 minutes to see effects). As breathing as already compromised and in the most life threatening situations the subject will lose consciousness, other means of administrating are also unacceptable (snorting).

It would in fact be much quicker to call an ambulance, as they routinely carry naloxone, an injectable medication that tightly binds to the opiate receptors w/o activating them.

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