Call for wider access to heroin overdose antidote in Canada

Photograph by: Mel Evans , AP

The recent approval by U.S. regulators of an easy-to-use device that contains an antidote for heroin is being closely monitored by health care and drug reform advocates in Canada.

On April 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device that could be given to family and friends to save an addict from death due to an overdose.

American doctors can prescribe the antidote and family members or caregivers can keep the container on hand in case of an emergency.

The antidote works on opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal drugs like heroin.

John Colebourn Reports

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