Tag Archives: overdose

OxyContin's maker is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Its new overdose antidote was just fast-tracked by the FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration granted Purdue Pharma’s experimental opioid overdose drug fast-track designation. According to Purdue, its drug, nalmefene hydrochloride injection, has a longer effect than naloxone, another opioid antagonist that is approved to reverse overdoses. The FDA’s fast-track designation facilitates the development and expedites the review of drugs that treat serious conditions… Read More »

Smartphone App Detects Opioid Overdose

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a smartphone app that can detect if someone is experiencing an opioid overdose. The app uses sonar to monitor the breathing rate of a user, which it can do from up to three feet away, to assess if someone is experiencing an overdose. So far, the technology… Read More »

Elusive parolee given opioid overdose medicine during high-risk stop – The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Officers gave a wanted parolee, who had eluded police for several days, an opioid overdose-blocking medication on Wednesday afternoon after stopping a car he was in on southbound Highway 101 near downtown Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Police Department said. The life-saving spray was used on Cristian Zaragoza Bahena, 24, after he showed signs of… Read More »