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Cyanide antidote kit gains federal approval

By Amanda Milkovits
Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a cyanide antidote kit that can be carried on ambulances and stocked in hospital emergency rooms to save lives of firefighters and civilians who inhale toxic smoke.

The approval comes nine months after several Providence firefighters suffered from cyanide poisoning after inhaling smoke at structure fires. One of the firefighters, Kenneth Baker, had a heart attack and nearly died. He is still off duty and recovering at home.

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