- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) - Brookhaven police say a Virginia-based pharmaceutical company has donated 100 cartons of a medication meant to address the effects of opioid overdoses.

Authorities said in a statement Wednesday that Richmond, Virginia-based Kaléo has donated 100 cartons of EVZIO, a hand-held device that delivers the drug naloxone to quickly address an opioid overdose. Officials say indicators of a potential opioid overdose include slowed breathing and heart rates and the loss of consciousness.

The Food and Drug Administration approved of the device in April. Officials say once the device is injected under the skin and turned on it provides users with instructions on how to administer the drug. Officials say the drug works by reversing respiratory depression to help keep users breathing until they can get emergency medical care.

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