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FDA approves easy-to-use
heroin overdose antidote

Associated Press, by Lauran Neergaard *

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/3/2014 12:39:45 PM

Washington - The government is taking a step to let friends or loved ones treat someone they suspect has overdosed on heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, while they´re waiting for medical care. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet. Called Evzio, it´s a device that automatically injects the right dose of the drug naloxone, a long-used antidote for opioid overdoses. (Snip) The FDA said Evzio´s design makes it easy for anyone to administer.

* with Mary Clare Jalonick.

Our liberal fell-good society wants to save the "one" at the costs of all. Motto should be, "Name the dealer before you get the antidote." Would this have helped Philip Seymour Hoffman?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: william1, 4/3/2014 1:09:55 PM     (No. 9796200)

Let´s play the game called "Unintended Consequences". Do you now believe it´s possible that Little Johnny´s doting parents can be relieved that their little tyke won´t die on the expensive family room sofa? Or that those parents will now be any longer concerned with his drug addiction since this band-aid is now available?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 4/3/2014 1:16:18 PM     (No. 9796214)

This is such an important breakthrough that it needs to be mandated that everyone buy this device and keep on hand. And they must be refreshed periodically, so the authorities will need to come by your house to, inspect your medicine cabinet to make sure they are not expired. If cannot afford this, the government will provide it for you and, if you want some heroine, just register as a dimocrat and promise to vote as often as possible and you´ll get the heroine you´re have a right to... as long as yo don´t vote for those meanie republicans.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/3/2014 1:25:05 PM     (No. 9796232)

To follow up on unintended consequences: How long before someone figures out how to misuse this thing?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 4/3/2014 2:09:27 PM     (No. 9796288)

This will only make heroin more popular. With no worry of the ominous "overdose", more and more kids will turn to it. Watch...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/3/2014 2:54:27 PM     (No. 9796350)

Be serious...it is not going to encourage anyone to overdose. This is just a life saving procedure. Besides, nobody would want to take something like this. As with most of these antidotes, I am sure they throw the body into immediate withdrawal. The person will become violently ill and wish he were dead. Believe me, it isn´t nice or fun. No, the user will definitely know the consequences of his actions. But at least he will still be alive. I can´t believe anyone would have a problem with this new antidote.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 4/3/2014 3:09:09 PM     (No. 9796368)

No #5, it will take away the DANGER of an overdose. Alot of kids (and adults) are scared of heroin because of the potential for overdose and resperitory death. Now that this is available, that danger is removed, thereby making heroin "safer".

And the antidote (like Narcon) doesn´t make you violently ill, it just makes the high go away. It actually makes the addict quite upset when administered because in their drug-induced stupor, they don´t realize they are overdosing. Letting the EMT personnel administer this is where it belongs.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/3/2014 3:12:11 PM     (No. 9796370)

But I thought that the antidote to heroin overdose was a hypodermic shot of adrenalin slammed through the sternum, then injected, as Vincent Vega (John Travolta) performed on Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction. Brought her around with a gasp in a fraction of a second. Of course, as Quentin Tarantino said, it was just a device in a movie. Don´t try this at home. Walking off an OD--if the addict can stay upright--might be of more use.

As for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, he died after injecting a speedball (as did John Belushi), which is a mixture of both cocaine and heroin. Don´t know if Evzio could have prevented his death.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/3/2014 6:05:24 PM     (No. 9796588)

in any event, one hears that a number of the deaths in regional cities are not just from "plain" heroin, but from that awful concoction (courtesy of the Russki´s I believe) called "krokodil" which also may include such refinements as gasoline. You want to spike up some regular?
Not to be cold and heartless, but this just may be one of those "think of it as evolution in action" matters. I don´t say that lightly, having seen people I cared about go down that "Jonesing" road, beginning some 40 years ago. And know, personally, of some cases where we, by the grace of the Lord, were able to save a life. Only to have the same person die of an O.D. later. Which may very well happen here as well. The problem is not the dope, the problem is a person you might think no longer had a soul, something I certainly don´t say lightly.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: toddh, 4/4/2014 12:19:52 PM     (No. 9797624)

Let us suppose that Rush Limbaugh had been just slightly more addicted than he was. Took one oxy (?) too many, and naloxone could have saved him.

Run the thought experiment with injured soldiers who develop an unfortunate addiction. Is it a clear moral mistake they´ve made choosing between agony and addiction, so to hell with them?

How is this much different from an epinephrine pen to save someone from a known allergic reaction? Would you administer first aid to a drunk driver who wrecked only his own car?

Acetaminophen abuse kills 10 times as many Americans as heroin abuse. Obviously they deserve it. Tylenol junkies!

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