Opiate addicts saved with overdose drug

Narcan has been used to interrupt overdosing


By Allison Manning
Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Twice, Mike Petrovsky has overdosed on heroin and been brought back from the brink of death. He has another drug -- Narcan -- to thank for his second and third chances. "I owe my life to it," he said. Injected into the bloodstream or sprayed up the nose, Narcan, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of a heroin or prescription-opiate overdose.

Paramedics have administered the drug in emergencies for decades. But only in the past several months have ordinary Ohioans been given the lifesaving drug to carry themselves.

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