The Food and Drug Administration has approved use of an easy-to-use auto-injector to treat people overdosing on heroin.
The device, called Evzio, contains the drug Naloxone which prevents heroin and other opioids from slowing a person’s breathing down to the point that it stops.
Much like an epi-pen, the pre-filled syringes allow non-medical personal to administer the drug.
There has been a growing demand for Naloxone because of a rise in drug overdose deaths.
A mother from Naperville knows all about the life-saving effects of Naloxone.
Unfortunately, it came too late to save her son.
Caroline Kacena lost her 20-year-old son to a heroin overdose two years ago.
Kacena has made it her mission to teach people how to administer the antidote.
Kacena says she doesn’t not feel it enables heroin users because they don’t typically think about whether they’re going to live or die when they take the drug.
There are about 16,000 opiate overdose deaths a year in the U.S.
That’s more than motor vehicle fatalities.