Police Reverse First Opioid Overdose Using EVZIO
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kaléo reported the first opioid overdose reversed by police officers using the EVZIO® naloxone auto-injector, since launching the kaléo Cares donation program in November 2014. Through this initiative, kaléo has donated EVZIO naloxone auto-injectors to local law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the United States.
On Christmas Day, police officers in Deerfield, Illinois successfully administered EVZIO to help save the life of an opioid overdose victim.
“Using the auto-injector made it easy for responding officers to administer naloxone at the scene, helping to revive the woman before emergency responders arrived to take her to the hospital,” said Deerfield Deputy Police Chief Tom Keane. “We’re in the business of saving lives, and it feels good to have the right tool to help get the job done. We are making EVZIO a standard part of the First Aid to-go bags that our officers carry.”
EVZIO is the first and only naloxone product approved for immediate administration as emergency therapy in any setting where opioids may be present, including outside of supervised medical settings. Voice and visual cues that assist in guiding a user through the injection process make it easy to use by family members or caregivers with little or no training.
“As we saw in Deerfield, the quick administration of naloxone has the potential to save lives in an opioid overdose emergency,” said Spencer Williamson, CEO of kaléo. “Kaléo is committed to saving lives, and we are proud that through our program a first responder had access to EVZIO when it mattered most.”
When an opioid overdose occurs, it can cause a person’s breathing to severely slow down and even stop. Although not a substitute for emergency medical care, the immediate use of EVZIO may temporarily block the effects of an opioid, potentially reversing this life-threatening respiratory depression to help keep a patient breathing until medical assistance is available.
In addition to donations made to law enforcement agencies, the kaléo Cares program has donated EVZIO auto-injectors to local community organizations in eight states, such as the Harm Reduction Coalition, an organization aimed at fighting opioid addiction and overdose.
“The EVZIO naloxone auto-injectors donated to the Harm Reduction Coalition made a huge impact in our community here in Austin,” said Mark Kinzly, a member of the board of directors for the Harm Reduction Coalition of Austin, Texas. “Success lies not in what others consider great, but in doing what is right. Thank you kaléo for doing what is right.”