Bill would expand access to overdose rescue medication

Bill would expand access to overdose rescue medication

A bill under consideration in the legislature addresses the growing number of heroin overdoses deaths in Louisiana.

State Representative Helena Moreno's office says she amended HB 1007 to expand access to an overdose rescue medication.

The change would allow pharmacists in Louisiana to dispense Naloxone or another opioid antagonist without prescriptions.

The rescue medicine can block or reverse the effects of drugs like heroin and some painkillers.

Twenty other states make Naloxone available without a prescription.

Earlier this year the city of New Orleans issued a standing order to allow the purchase of Naloxone without a prescription. Friends and family members of known drug addicts can buy the overdose reversing drug from the University Medical Center pharmacy.

Moreno's bill is expected to move to the house floor next week.

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