by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/10/14, 10:04 am
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a device last week that can quickly inject a life-saving antidote into people who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.
While some say the device, called Evzio, is necessary to save lives, others argue easier access to the antidote will encourage drug use.
An estimated 16,000 people die every year from opioid-related overdoses, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and the number is growing. Opioids include prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as the street drug heroin.