New York Gets Opioid Help

(New York, NY) -- New York is stepping up its fight to save lives that could be lost to opioids.

The city and state have signed an "exclusive" one-year deal with the makers of the anti-overdose drug naloxone. The city is kicking in nearly eight-million-dollars to buy it, while the State Health Department kicks in seven-million to bypass the piecemeal process used to get the medication into the hands of first-responders.

The agreement with Adapt Pharma sets up a central ordering system that the company says will get naloxone, or Narcan, where it needs to go in as little as a day.

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