SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines to treat addictions and drug overdose, today announced that it has been awarded the second tranche of approximately $2.4 million from the total contract award of up to a maximum of approximately $4.6 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, to accelerate Opiant’s development of OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, a potent, long-acting opioid antagonist currently in development for the treatment of opioid overdose.