- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new tool to help combat drug overdose deaths will soon be in the hands of Huntington police, firefighters and even educators.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department announced to media outlets Wednesday that it has received nearly 2,200 naloxone auto-injectors thanks to a grant from Kaleo Pharmaceutical.

The injectors, also known as EVZIO units, are designed to prevent death from an opioid overdose.

Dr. Michael Kilkenny of the Health Department says the device is small enough to fit into the palm of a user’s hand and encases a retractable needle containing the drug naloxone, an overdose reversal drug. He says the way the drug is administered is almost identical to that of an EpiPen.

EVZIO kits will only be distributed to people who have completed the training course offered by the Health Department.

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