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The Resurrection Drug

Adapt Pharma targets a scourge of the times: Heroin overdose | “You might not need it, but you better have it. That’s our goal”

One afternoon in June, Shawn McGee, a police detective in Ridley Township, Pa., was monitoring a house suspected of illicit activity. A beat-up sedan pulled into the driveway, and three women emerged in a commotion. McGee walked over to the car and found a man slumped in the passenger seat. The women said he was suffering from a heroin overdose.

McGee knew the drill all too well. In 2014 in the U.S., 18,893 people died from overdoses related to prescription pain medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while an additional 10,574 died from heroin. Ridley Township, a community of about 30,000 residents southwest of Philadelphia, has seen a surge in such fatalities in recent years. Officials in Delaware County have responded the way many

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