Implant that releases naloxone developed by Northwestern researcher

BY: EMS1 / John Keilman
Chicago Tribune

The device is implanted under the skin and automatically releases naloxone when it detects a drop in blood-oxygen level.

CHICAGO — An opioid overdose can be a lonely death. People who use drugs often do so in private, and should they get a dose stronger than they can tolerate, no one will be there to save them with the overdose-reversing medication naloxone.

But now, a researcher at Northwestern University is developing a technological fix to that lethal conundrum.

John Rogers, director of the school’s Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics, has helped to devise a gadget the size of a flash drive that can be implanted under the skin. If a sensor detects that a person’s blood-oxygen level has dropped to a dangerous level, it automatically releases a stored dose of naloxone.

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