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Feb 18, 2014 6:10 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New drug can help reverse heroin overdose

Heroin use in America has doubled since 2007, but now some law officials are training with a new drug that can help reverse a heroin overdose.

It's called Naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Heroin is deadly because it suppresses breathing, but Naloxone counteracts that.

An ounce of the drug is administered in each nostril.

"It works right at the receptors where the heroin or other opioids are. It kicks them right off the receptor and allows the person to breathe again," said Dr. Michael Dailey, an emergency medicine specialist.

It's $40 for the delivery kit and the drug, and there are no harmful side effects if it is accidentally administered to the wrong person.

Not many police are trained to use and carry the drug, but most emergency medical crews are.

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