The FDA OKs at-home heroin reversal shot

Naloxone Hydrochloride heroin
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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – The FDA has approved the first at-home heroin reversal shot for family members and caregivers to use if a loved one is suffering an overdose.

The hand-held auto-injector device — similar to this product — is small enough to fit in your pocket — and it contains the heroin reversal drug Naloxone.

The new product gives users verbal instructions, and it comes with a training device.

Until now, Naloxone has been administered by trained medical professionals.

Experts say now loved ones can give the shot — but they should also call for immediate help.

Stopping an overdose often causes heroin users to feel sick, experience high blood pressure and heart rate — it can even cause a heart attack.

Drug overdose deaths — which are mostly caused by drugs like heroin — are the leading cause of injury death in the U-S… surpassing car crashes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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