House bill aims to help families fight heroin

Naloxone Hydrochloride heroin
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – A new bill would make it easier for families to help loved ones during an opiate overdose.

House Bill 4 would make it possible for someone to get a prescription for Naloxone or Narcan, the medication that helps counter the effects of an overdose. The bill is designed to help families of those at risk of a heroin overdose.

On Friday, February 13th, State Representatives Jeff Rezabek and Jack Sprague spoke about the bill at the Greater Dayton Hospital Association.

Right now, only emergency personal have access to the medication.

Trotwood Fire Chief, Steve Milliken also spoke at the event. He said, “the problem is a lot of times emergency medical services aren’t called in time or they arrive much too late. Someone is not found, they are alone when this happens. Or they are also with someone who is also on drugs. So what this does is it puts it in the hands of family and friends that can be there.”

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