Senate Approves Expanded Use Of Overdose Fighter Naloxone

Feb 11, 2015

The drug works to countermand the effects of other addictive substances, such as heroin.
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Last year, the General Assembly approved a bill allowing emergency medical technicians and first responders to use naloxone, a drug used to halt the effects of an overdose from drugs such as heroin. 

Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says naloxone saves lives, and its success last year led to this year’s bill, which allows anyone to get a prescription for the drug.

“Go to the pharmacy, get the prescription, have it on their person, and possibly save the life of an addict in their house or someone on the cul-de-sac, in their community,” Merritt says.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 50-0 vote.  It now heads to the House.