BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Two bills aimed at helping to fix what some are calling an opioid epidemic in Louisiana could move closer to becoming law.
One of the proposed laws deals with devising ways to fight opioid addiction, the other deals with making an overdose reversing drug more widely available.
Today the full house will take up a measure by representative Bernard Lebas that would create a commission designed to examine ways to fight prescription opioid and heroin abuse.
That commission would consist of representatives from the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and other agencies.
The full senate will debate another proposal dealing with opioid abuse, this bill would allow Louisiana pharmacies to dispense an overdose reversing drug called naloxone without prescriptions.
Under House Representative Helena Moreno's bill, non-profit organizations would also be able to store the drug and give it to addicts too.
When asked about naloxone yesterday, Moreno said it's already proven to be life-saving.
Today, the naloxone bill heads to the full senate for debate, and the full house could give final approval to the bill that would create a commission to tackle opioid abuse.