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.

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