Massachusetts health officials say the increased use of an overdose prevention drug has saved 500 lives since it was first introduced two years ago.
Officials said Tuesday that more than 4,300 people have enrolled in the pilot program which trains them in the use of the nasal spray known as Narcan.
Since then there have been over 500 reports of Narcan being used to save lives by reversing overdoses.
Gov. Deval Patrick said the increased availability of the nasal spray has not only saved lives, but also saved health care dollars.
Narcan is designed to block the effects of opioids, such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Fentanyl, codeine and methadone.
The program makes the drug available to opiate users as well as their family and friends.
By Associated Press
February 24, 2010
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