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FDA Approves Handheld Opioid Overdose Antidote Tool

1-800-315-2391  |  April 22nd

FDA Approves Handheld Opioid Overdose Antidote Tool

Because opioid medications have the ability to produce pleasurable feelings when they're misused, strong painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), Oxycontin (oxycodone) and other opioid analgesics are among the most commonly abused drugs in the United States and have been for quite some time.

Opiate abuse involving narcotic pain medications has significantly climbed in recent years and sadly overdoses linked to opioids have considerably risen as well. Unfortunately, thousands of lives are lost every year due to overdose involving legal opioid pain relievers but street heroin is also an opiate and significantly contributing to the increasing loss of life due to accidental overdose.

A powerful life-saving opioid overdose treatment tool known as Evzio was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently which can be administered by family members or caregivers. Evzio is a handheld injector device that's easy to use and delivers a single dose of naloxone which is a medication that can quickly reverse the effects of opioid overdose and save lives. The FDA approved opiate antidote Evzio is expected to be available this summer.


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