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Health Officials Approve Use of Hand-held Device for Drug Overdose

The New York Times reports that federal health officials have approved use of a hand-held device called Evzio, which can be used to reverse an opioid overdose. The speedy approval process came in the face of the recent surge in opioid overdoses, including the one that led to the death of actor Seymour Hoffman. Evzio is a handheld device, similar to an EpiPen which delivers a single dose of naloxone, the standard treatment for overdoses but which, until now, was only used in hospitals when it is often too late. Still, some “health officials who deal with abuse of opioids strongly objected to the approval” saying that this may give drug-users a false sense of security.

Read it in The New York Times.