VCU working on drone deliveries for life-saving medicine

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(Video courtesy of VCU College of Engineering)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Imagine a drone being able to not only deliver but administer a life-saving drug to someone in the early stages of an opioid overdose.

That’s something that might not be far off.

Virginia Commonwealth University has submitted grant applications for a pilot drone-delivered Naloxone program in Richmond, Charlottesville and in Roanoke.

VCU’s Department of Emergency Medicine believes drones could be dispatched within a minute of a 9-1-1 call.

On Thursday, the state’s Joint Commission on Health Care also heard more options on where to stockpile the life-saving medication.

They are considering putting Naloxone in places like banks, movie theaters, government buildings and shopping malls.

They also heard recommendations about putting Naloxone alongside of defibrillators, which are already in many of those areas.

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