Sarasota County innovates to save Florida lives

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — In what can be a race against the clock to save someone’s life after an overdose, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has announced the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is innovating to save precious time.

Knight will be equipping deputies with naloxone auto-injectors for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose – the first law enforcement agency in Florida to do so.

The agency received a donation of 800 EVZIO naloxone auto-injectors from kaléo, a Richmond, Virginia-based pharmaceutical company. EVZIO is the first and only FDA-approved naloxone product specifically indicated for emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present, including outside of supervised medical settings.

EVZIO is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and allowing the recipient to breathe more regularly. Each EVZIO device uses voice and visual cues to assist in guiding the user through the process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone.

“The rising number of overdose deaths from heroin and opioid-based prescription drugs is one of the top concerns for our community,” said Sheriff Knight. “This product delivers a potentially life-saving dose of naloxone by a simple to use auto-injector system that is easy to carry and administer to someone experiencing an opioid overdose.”

Source: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

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