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RVA company to release 'overdose antidote'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

It is being called the "overdose antidote."  A Richmond-based company, Kaléo, has come up with a way to reverse the effects of a pain medicine overdose. The emergency injector is called Evzio.

"We're talking about a product that has to be used in a critical emergency situation," said VP of Product Development Evan Edwards.

The company just received federal approval to fast track the injector.

"All of our products are designed to be life-saving personal medical products," said CEO Spencer Williamson.

Company officials say drug poisoning has now surpassed motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental deaths in America. They note every 36 minutes someone dies from overdosing on prescription pain relievers.

The company says the produced can be used by family members or caregivers. The product is the size and shape of a credit card with the thickness of a small cell phone. We are told the product could be available for a prescription as early as this summer. 

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