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Pennsylvania Governor Approves Narcan Use by Police For Heroin Overdoses

By Beenthere2Hippie, Sep 30, 2014 | Updated: Sep 30, 2014 | |
  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    PENNSYLVANIA - Gov. Tom Corbett plans to approve a bill that supporters say will reduce the number of fatal heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania. The legislation makes an antidote commonly called Narcan [Naloxone] more available to police and the public. It also offers "good Samaritans" immunity from criminal prosecution for helping overdose victims.

    Corbett will sign the bill Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony in Johnstown. A legislative study found drug overdoses skyrocketed in Pennsylvania's urban and rural areas between 1990 and 2011.

    A drug called naloxone reverses the effects of heroin and opioids like OxyContin. Police and friends and relatives of addicts will have wider access to the antidote, whose brand name is Narcan.

    At least 17 other states have similar laws. Pennsylvania's statute will take effect in 60 days.

    The Sun Herald/Sept. 30, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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