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Drug Overdose
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nasal Spray Antidote To Opiate Overdose To Be Widely Available On WSU Campus

An educational pamphlet and samples of naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose, are displayed.
Elise Amendola AP Photo

Drug overdoses, mostly from opiates, are the leading cause of accidental death in America. But there is an antidote, and it may soon be much more widely available on the Washington State University campus. 

For someone who overdoses on heroin or a prescription painkiller, a quick shot of naloxone could make the difference between life and death. In the past, this has meant an actual injection, which can be hard to administer for someone who isn’t trained, as well as carrying risks of blood-borne diseases.

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