Clinton Foundation working to reduce cost of anti-overdose drug

 

The Clinton Foundation is trying to bring down the cost of an anti-opioid overdose drug and make it more available, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

Speaking during the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, the potential future Democratic presidential candidate said the Clinton Foundation “is making naloxone a priority.”

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Naloxone, brand name Narcan, is an injection used to kick-start the brain in people who have overdosed on an opioid. Several states have passed laws to allow their first responders to carry the drug, while others are debating the issue.

On a personal level, Clinton told the audience of two people she knew, including a former intern, who had died from an overdose of alcohol and an opioid. Now, she says her family’s foundation is using its experience reducing the cost of HIV drugs in Africa to make the drug more accessible in the U.S.

Earlier this year Attorney General Eric Holder touted the life-saving properties of naloxone and encouraged states to pass Good Samaritan laws to allow people suffering from an overdoses to get treatment without fear of prosecution.

More recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new auto-injector that will make it much easier for people without medical training to treat people suffering from an overdose.