FDA Approves Drug Overdose Medication

By CNN

Published 04/04 2014 12:17PM

Updated 04/04 2014 12:19PM

A decision from the FDA could save thousands of lives.

Regulators have approved a hand-held injector containing medication that can reverse heroin overdoses.

Called Evzio, the prescription device is like an epi-pen, which is used to treat severe allergy attacks.

It's injected into muscle, releasing a drug that stops heroin and other opioids from fatally slowing a person's breathing.

The kit costs about $60 and comes with two pre-filled syringes.

The device is described as "user friendly" and does not require any training.

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