HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to provide a $6 rebate for every dose of naxalone purchased by a state, municipal or local town agency.

Naxalone is a drug that fights the effects of an opioid overdose. Connecticut has started to implement laws to increase the availability of the drug to law enforcement, first responders and others in response to the nationwide opioid abuse epidemic.

"Addiction is a complex issue that requires a coordinated, multifaceted approach. Access to Narcan is critical. That's why we've broken down barriers to boost accessibility, that's why we've changed our laws and equipped first responders with it, and that's why we're pleased to make this announcement today," Gov. Daniel P. Malloy said. "We need to continue taking steps to mitigate this alarming trend, and this is a step in that direction."

Jepsen and Malloy also announced the state Department of Public Health (DPH) will receive 500 doses of Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride) auto-injectors as a donation from Kaléo Inc.

"We know, for a fact, naloxone saves lives: it has saved lives in Connecticut, and it has saved lives across the country," Jepsen said. "While access to naloxone will not solve the opioid epidemic that has gripped every community and every demographic in our state, it is a critical tool for law enforcement, first responders and addiction treatment advocates as we all work to address this crisis. I would strongly encourage local police and fire departments, school districts and municipal agencies who have not yet instituted a naloxone program to take advantage of this opportunity to equip their personnel."

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