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Senate passes bill to increase access to overdose-reversing drug

Police and sheriff's departments have used Naloxone to reverse effects of a heroin overdose, and save lives. (Source: WECT) Police and sheriff's departments have used Naloxone to reverse effects of a heroin overdose, and save lives. (Source: WECT)
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that will make a life-saving drug more available across North Carolina.

In a 49-0 vote, senators passed SB734, which allows the state’s Health Director to issue a statewide standing order making Naloxone and other “opiod antagonists” available in drug stores. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services recommended the action.

Many police and sheriff’s departments are using Naloxone to save lives. It temporarily blocks and reverses the effects of opioid and is used by first responders to treat a heroin overdose in an emergency situation.

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has helped make thousands of Naloxone auto- injectors available to law enforcement departments and emergency responders, to help reduce the number of overdose deaths in North Carolina.

The bill now moves on to the state House.

To read the text of SB734 click here: http://bit.ly/27gMz1f

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