UPDATED 7:55 AM PT — Fri. Sept. 21, 2018
The White House is developing an antidote for fentanyl, but not solely to fight the opioid crisis.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the project Thursday, saying it can be used to prevent thousands of deaths per year. the department also suggested that it could be beneficial if terrorists use the drug in an attack.
Fentanyl is the number one opioid killing Americans as nearly 30,000 died of overdoses last year from the opioid.
While there are drugs that combat fentanyl’s effects, researchers say they are not strong enough to save a person from an overdose.
The announcement comes just days after the Senate passed a bill to continue funding treatment and prevention programs with $500 million through 2021.
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