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Opioid overdose drug price skyrockets

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 08:07:58-05

The company behind a life-saving opioid overdose drug faces criticism over a major price hike.

The Evzio drug is a form of Nalaxone, which temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose.

In 2014, the drug cost $700. Now it has jumped 500 percent to $4,500.

Emergency crews across the country -- including those in Tucson -- are stocking up on the drug to treat overdoses.

Tucson Fire and police use a different form of the drug -- Narcan.