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Drug overdose treatment device approved in the US

US health regulators have approved a drug overdose treatment device that experts say will provide a powerful lifesaving tool in the midst of a surging epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The hand-held device, called [s]Evzio[/s], delivers a single dose of naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose, and will be used on those who have stopped breathing or lost consciousness from an opioid drug overdose. Naloxone is the standard treatment in such circumstances, but until now, has been available mostly in hospitals and other medical settings, when it is often used too late to save the patient.

[link url=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/health/fda-approves-portable-drug-overdose-treatment.html?emc=edit_th_20140404&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=42505380&_r=0] The New York Times[/link]

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