February 4th, 2014
08:47 PM ET

A life-saving drug for heroin overdoses: Could it have saved Hoffman?

Two weeks ago CNN spoke to Governor Peter Shumlin about the alarming use of heroin in Vermont and his choice to devote his entire State of the State address to the growing problem.

Today, Senator Harry Reid called Vermont's governor a visionary and spoke about the problems of heroin addiction - calling it a 'scourge sweeping the nation'.

"We have people who start off with some kind of prescription drugs and wind up with this stuff that has been prepared by purveyors of evil; not knowing what's in it," Senator Harry Reid added. "There are some who believe that they put baby laxative in this. They put all kinds of stuff that looks like heroin. It's a terrible shame."

Between 2000 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths have increased by 55 percent. It's a national crisis and both Harm Reduction Activists as well as law enforcement are pushing for greater access to Naloxone drug that can actually reverse a heroin overdose.

CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has obtained some remarkable video of this drug in action. He's OutFront.

Filed under: Drugs • Health • Heroin • News
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