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Opioid overdose reversal drug recalled

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. -- During moments that matter when saving a life, first responder use a type of nasal syringe used to reverse opioid overdose.

On Thursday, Teleflex Medical Corp issued a voluntary recall of its MAD nasal intranasal mucosal atomization device.

In short, the instrument used to deliver the drug that helps people recover from an overdose. Karen Morgan with Turning Point, an addiction treatment facility, said losing such a crucial tool won`t be good.

"That means we are likely to see more deaths."

Right here in Memphis we`ve watched the effects of opioid addiction, and she said the reversal drug naloxone provided hope for those struggling.

"It`s imperative that they figure out what the problem is and get the supply back out there as quickly as possible," said Morgan. "It`s in our backyard. Everyone should have access to it. It`s kind of like an epi pen."

WREG called the Desoto County Sheriff`s Office who have kits which include the drug and the tool used to reverse the overdose. They could not tell us if the recall will affect them.