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FDA approves device that reverses drug overdoses

Studies have shown the drug has no effect on a person if they haven't abused the drug.

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.

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