Alabama is among the top states for opioidrelated

first_imgAlabama is among the top states for opioid-related overdoses and deaths, but a new device being put into the hands of first-responders can be a life-saver.Nearly 900 Evzio devices were given to the state by Kaleo, Inc., amounting to a $12 million donation.So how does it work? When rescue squads find a patient who’s overdosed, they can use the device to deliver an overdose-reversing drug. Pharmacists, fire and rescue and paramedics were all on-hand today, learning about the new device.Alabama Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Chambers County, said the program is a godsend for those who need help treating an addiction.“We’re talking about saving lives, and we’re excited about this program,” Dial said.last_img

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