From Bourne Police:
The Bourne Police Department continued its longstanding partnership with kaléo and accepted delivery of a generous donation of EVZIO® naloxone auto-injectors from the Richmond, Virginia-based pharmaceutical company today. EVZIO is an FDA-approved naloxone product specifically indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
Since September of 2015, Bourne Police Officers who administered EVZIO to unresponsive patients exhibiting signs of an overdose have had a 94% success rate in reversing the overdose. This equals approximately 31 lives saved through the prompt administration of EVZIO by Bourne Police Officers. An additional 46 lives have been saved using naloxone either by the Bourne Fire Department or family and friends of the patient. Unfortunately, during this time, at least 16 lives have ended prematurely in the town of Bourne due to an opioid related overdose where first responders were unable to arrive in time. Nationally, more than 50,000 Americans died in 2015 from a drug related overdose, surpassing automobile collisions as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. This was driven largely by the more the nearly 35,000 opioid related overdose deaths.
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 officer through the process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone.
With this donation, the Bourne Police Department continues its efforts to make a difference in battling the opioid epidemic affecting our community, state, and nation.