A drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose is being made available to the public.

Naloxone has been around for a some time. But only now, in the aftermath of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and the rise in heroin use, is it being made available.

A broadcast report says a heroin overdose can be reversed in a matter of two minutes with Naloxone.  

Called an opiate antagonist, Naloxone is used to counteract life-threatening effects of the central nervous system and respiratory system brought on by a heroin overdose.  

Thanks to a law that went into effect Jan. 1, the drug is being dispensed to the public with a cost around $20 per injectable.