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The Brunswick County Board of Education has approved a measure that permits naloxone in school emergency kits.
North Carolina becomes the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that's already saved more than 2,000 people statewide who were overdosing on heroin, OxyContin or other opium-based drugs.
Gov. Pat McCrory will now have the ability to approve widespread access to a prescription drug already known to have reversed more than 2,000 overdoses of heroin or other opium-based drugs in North Carolina.
The Pender County Sheriff's Office is seeing less violent crime in the area, but more heroin use.
North Carolina's health director says a statewide standing prescription for a drug that can block potentially fatal overdoses of heroin or OxyContin could save scores of additional lives annually.
Officers in Boiling Spring Lakes used Naloxone for the first time over the weekend.
The quick response of a Wilmington Police officer and Naloxone are being credited with saving the life of a 34-year-old woman.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says issuing a narcotic overdose antidote to its patrol deputies has already saved a life.
An injection that could instantly save a person overdosing on drugs will soon be in the hands of Brunswick County Deputies.