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Health department awarded grant for equipment to prevent heroin overdoses

A pharmaceutical company has awarded the Kane County Health Department with a grant to obtain nearly 700 cartons of equipment used to combat heroin overdoses, the agency announced Thursday in a news release.

With the grant from Kaléo Inc., the health department will purchase 692 cartons of Evzio naloxone auto-injectors, which is a $380,600 value, the release stated.

Kaléo manufactures the Evzio naloxone auto-injector.

According to the release, naloxone – also sold as Narcan – is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, such as heroin.

It restores breathing in overdose victims, giving them the chance to be hospitalized for treatment, the release stated.

The release indicates the auto-injectors will allow the health department to continue training police and other first-responders in the use of the life-saving devices.

Since its September 2014 launch, the release stated, the health department’s Narcan program has allowed 590 police officers to be trained in the use of naloxone delivery systems, including a nasal spray.

The auto-injectors feature voice guidance and are simpler to use than the nasally-administered naloxone, according to the release.

Naloxone has saved the lives of eight Kane County residents in the past year, the release stated.

Health department staff will retrain officers to use the auto-injector as supplies of the nasal spray are used up, according to the release.

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