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Overdose Antidote Given More Than 12,600 Times in Ohio

Ohio Department of Public Safety records indicate a drug overdose antidote that can help save addicts on the brink of death was administered more than 12,600 times around the state last year.

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Naloxone blocks brain receptors, immediately pulling people out of a potentially fatal overdose.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill last year expanding availability of the drug. It let doctors authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription.

Fatal drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, above car crashes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says his agency has seen a five-fold increase in overdoses emergency calls handled by police and fire emergency personnel since 2010.  

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