A device that reverses drug overdoses reached approval by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.
The device is called Evzio, whose main ingredient contains Naloxone, a drug most commonly used in hospitals and emergency centers to treat people who have taken life-threatening amounts of heroin or opioids. The device would administer a single dosage automatically through injection. The dosage takes effect within minutes.
Doctors would have to fill-out a prescription, but the expanded access allows for family or caregivers to keep it available during an emergency situation.
Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law, which expanded its access to the family, caregivers and law enforcement.
The drug works by blocking the receptors in the brain when a person has taken a prescription, opioid or heroin.
Studies have shown the drug has no effect on a person if they haven't abused the drug.