NHC Health Department Receives Donation of Naloxone

Posted May 24, 2017 at 9:46 am     Category: HealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Health Department recently received a donation of 200 two-dose injectable EVZIO® kits from Kaléo, a Richmond, Virginia-based pharmaceutical company. EVZIO® is a naloxone auto-injector used to revive a person who has overdosed on opioids, resulting in respiratory failure.

“The rising number of overdose deaths from opioid-based prescription drugs, heroin, and similar substances is one of the top concerns for our county,” said New Hanover County Health Director Phillip Tarte. “This product delivers a potentially life-saving dose of naloxone with a simple-to-use auto-injector system that is easy to carry and administer. It will help make a real difference in the fight against opioid overdose deaths in our county.”

This medication will be housed in the Health Department’s clinic pharmacy and will be dispensed to first responders as well as the public upon request. The donation is equivalent to $98,000 retail value, and was approved by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at the May 1 board meeting.

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Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
910-798-7461

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