Clinic Awarded Funding for Life-Saving Medication

Posted On November 21, 2016
Categories News 2016

Nearly 29,000 Americans died in 2014 year from prescription opioid overdose. Unintended drug poisoning has surpassed automobile collisions as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., driven largely by prescription opioids. Opioid overdose can cause a person’s breathing to severely slow down and even stop.

The Georgia State University Student Health Clinic has been awarded grant funding in the amount of $330,000 to supply the clinics and University Police with 100 doses of EVZIO®. EVZIO is an FDA-approved naloxone product specifically indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose and is intended for immediate administration as 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. EVZIO is not a substitute for emergency medical care.

Georgia State University is one of only two schools to receive the funding in the University System of Georgia. With this supply of EVZIO, University Police and the Student Health Clinic have the opportunity to save the lives of students who may have fatally overdosed otherwise. Dr. Rita Beckford, Medical Director of the Student Health Clinic, is currently working to train the University Police on administering the medication.

Visit EVZIO for more information regarding resources on how to prevent opioid emergencies.