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Evzio: New Tool to Combat Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Prescription drugs have become one of the most abused substances in the world.  As a matter of fact, abuse of prescription medication has become an epidemic, not to mention a trending topic.  Just recently, another breakthrough in science was revealed.

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Photo credit: U.S. FDA

In a news release, the US FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said that they have approved a new prescription treatment that can avert the side effects brought about by an overdose in opioid.  This medication is the first of its kind that can be used outside of a hospital.  Even family members and other caregivers can administer it to the patient.

The breakthrough creation is called EVZIO, a handheld auto injector that contains naloxone.  It is handy, portable, and convenient enough to be carried inside a pocket and comes with a set of device instructions and trainer kit. This could be helpful during emergencies for people suspected of opioid overdose.  Studies show that drug abuse is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and a large percentage of these may be traced to prescription drug abuse or overdose.

Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic drugs like prescription pain relievers.  One of its side effects is that it can alter the way your mind thinks, the ability to act and decide and the way you react to a given situation.  So it is not advisable to be driving when a patient is given a shot of naloxone.  Alcohol intake during treatment is discouraged.

Naloxone has long been used to reverse effects of other narcotic drugs.  It is said to be the standard treatment for overdose.  The evolution of Evzio may help save thousands of lives.

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