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CVS Makes Big Move in Fight Against Heroin Deaths

Stores in 14 states can now offer overdose-antidote drug naloxone without prescription

(Newser) - People in 14 states can now walk into a CVS and pick up an opioid-overdose antidote without a prescription, the company announced yesterday. Naloxone was already available in stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but now Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah,... More »

Discovered: A Better Cyanide Antidote?

Injectable version improves protection against large-scale cyanide attacks

(Newser) - A terrorist attack or large accident involving cyanide has long been a deadly prospect, as current antidotes to the poison require a difficult-to-administer IV infusion that wouldn't be very practical in the case of mass exposure. But now scientists have come up with a much simpler cyanide antidote that... More »

Scientists Close In on Antidote to Neurotoxin

Cure would block feared bioweapon that causes paralysis

(Newser) - Scientists are one step closer to developing an antidote to botulinum, a potentially devastating biological weapon, the BBC reports. Terrorists have tried, so far unsuccessfully, to deploy the neurotoxin, which is also the culprit in botulism and the secret behind Botox. A botulinum vaccine already exists, but the new drug... More »

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