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FDA Approves Heroin Overdose Treatment Device

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a bold step by approving the first heroine overdose treatment device. Until now, treatment for overdoses was in the hands of authorities and health professionals.


Evzio device

Drug problem in America has grown exponentially over the past few years. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives at the hands of drug overdoses. Keeping this in view, FDA’s decision can help save a huge number of lives.

However, the device approved by FDA is called Evzio. It is a tiny, credit-card sized dispenser that has a needle and can be used to directly administer naloxene to the sufferer. Naloxene is an antidote that is quite effective in countering a heroine overdose.

Evzio is surprisingly easy to use, given that it starts giving verbal instructions when you turn it on. The instructions guide a user on how to inject a person with naloxene. In fact, to allow the masses to get a hang of it first, the device comes with a trainer device. The trainer device is a bogus set for practice, carrying no needles or medicine. Once people get familiar with the trainer, they can use the actual device to administer shots.

FDA has stated that Evzio is, by no means, an alternative to proper medical care that is required in the event of a heroine overdose. While many have opposed FDA’s decision, the regulatory agency says that such solutions can help save countless lives lost to drug habit each year. According to FDA Commissioner, “While the larger goal is to reduce the need for products like these by preventing opioid addiction and abuse, they are extremely important innovations that will help to save lives.”

Source: FDA
Courtesy: The Verge

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