Ending The Epidemic: Part 3 - From the Brink of Death

Ending The Epidemic: Part 3 - From the Brink of Death (full video)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was reportedly used on music legend Prince just a week before his death: the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Nar-Can. It's for people who overdose on opioids, some virtually dead.

That drug has reversed 10,000 overdoses between 1996 to 2010.

Dr. James Sirleaf, an emergency department medical director for MidTown Medical Center in Columbus, described how it works. He's seen numerous patients rushed into the emergency room after overdosing on drugs, sometimes bringing them back to life with Naloxone.

It reverses the effects of opioids - everything from prescription painkillers to heroin.

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