Saving heroin users with a nasal spray is an $80 million business

Irish-owned Adapt Pharma is helping US police save lives with a simple-to-use device

20th November, 2016
Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, can temporarily block the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other painkillers Pic: Getty

One afternoon in June, Shawn McGee, a police detective in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was monitoring a house suspected of illicit activity.

A beat-up sedan pulled into the driveway, and three women emerged in a commotion. McGee walked over to the car and found a man slumped in the passenger seat. The women said he was suffering from a heroin overdose.

McGee knew the drill all too well. In 2014 in the US, 18,893 people died...

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