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FDA OK’s injector device to counter drug overdoses

Health officials hail move to stem wave of deaths

Family, friends, or passersby who encounter a person passed out from a heroin or other opioid overdose could soon be able to administer a drug to reverse the effects before waiting for first responders to arrive.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it approved an auto-injector device, called Evzio, to administer naloxone hydrochloride. It can be carried in a pocket or stored in a medicine cabinet and will be available by prescription this summer.

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