Georgia Health | WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia Health

Elly Yu / WABE

Some law enforcement agencies in Georgia say they're having trouble affording a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

Like us on Facebook

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said his county has been seeing more opioid overdose cases.

Naloxone, or Narcan, is a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, but Sproul said his department can’t afford as much as he’d like to see for his agency.  

“It’s a very limited number. I mean, we’re not near where we need to be with it,” he said.


In this episode of "Medical Minute", medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discusses the Human Diagnosis Project's potential. The effort is a semifinalist for a $100 million MacArthur Foundation Grant.

For more information:

Like us on Facebook

Emory University Hospital physical therapist June Garber shows off the nfant feeding solution bottle she uses with her smallest patients in the NICU.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

In a neonatal intensive care unit in Atlanta, premature babies are now sucking on smart bottles.

The bottle and mobile app were developed by an Atlanta-based start-up, NFANT Labs.

Like us on Facebook

It's one of the first internet-connected devices being used in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

frolicsomepl / Pixabay

In this "Medical Minute" segment, medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discusses the crisis in drug costs and a new factor in the debate over what consumers should be paying.

Researchers are trying to conduct independent analyses of a drug company’s true expenses on the road to FDA approval. In the latest analysis, the research and development numbers fell far short of industry claims.

For more information:

Amid ACA Debates, Key Federal Health Funds May Not Get OK In Time

Sep 18, 2017
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Tens of millions of dollars in government funding for Georgia health care faces a dangerous deadline in less than two weeks.

And while experts believe that much of the funding, if not all, will be renewed by Oct. 1 or afterward, there are no guarantees, with a fractious Washington dealing with the bitter aftermath of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The money at risk includes funding for a popular children’s health insurance; Medicaid funds for hospitals that deliver a high level of indigent care; and financial support for community health centers.