Volume 94 Issue 20 | pp. 34-38
Issue Date: May 16, 2016

Cover Story

Improving an old tool to treat opioid overdoses

As overdose deaths climb, drugmakers and activists are working to make naloxone easier to use and a staple of medicine cabinets
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: pharmaceuticals, naloxone, opioid, overdose, Narcan, Evzio

The emergency call came in simply as a person down. It could have meant any number of things, says former Atlanta-area paramedic Kevin Hazzard. The patient might have been a diabetic whose blood sugar was too low or someone who’d had too much to drink. But when Hazzard arrived on the scene, it was clear the young woman had overdosed on heroin.

“She was just lying there,” Hazzard says. “She was blue. Instantly, I realized . . .

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