Knoxville law enforcement has a new method to help with an opioid overdose

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Law enforcement in Knoxville and other parts of the country are using a new method to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. 

The antidote is called naloxone, and it acts as a temporary solution to the abuse of opioids. 

According to Knoxville police, officers have saved more than 70 people by using the drug since 2015. Authorities have administered the drug with a needle. Now, it's available as a nasal spray called NARCAN from Adapt Pharma.

Executive Director of Communications for Adapt Pharma, Thom Duddy, says the method is better for law enforcement because it requires less training. 

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"It was designed in collaboration with the National Institute of Drug Abuse so anyone could use it without minimal training with the understanding you don't have to be a healthcare professional to administer NARCAN nasal spray," said Duddy. 

Last week, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that authorizes schools to keep drugs like naloxone on hand for trained faculty to use in case of an overdose.