Ohio lawmakers pass bill aimed at reducing drug overdoses

Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation to expand availability of a drug overdose antidote used across the state to save addicts on the brink of death.

The legislation approved Wednesday by the House would let doctors authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription. It would let pharmacies distribute the drug naloxone without a prescription if a doctor’s rules are followed.

The measure also relaxes how quickly someone administering the drug has to call 911, allowing for it to be done as soon as is practical instead of requiring it immediately before or after.

The legislation now goes to Gov. John Kasich.

It was sponsored by Reps. Robert Sprague of Findlay and Jeff Rezabek of suburban Dayton.

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