Ohio bill increases access to overdose antidote

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution.
Associated Press
Feb 20, 2014

 

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution.

 

   The legislation is aimed at reducing the state’s recordhigh number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers.

 

   The Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee scheduled a possible vote Wednesday on the measure, which would allow licensed prescribers to provide the drug naloxone to an addict’s friends or family members.

 

   People administering the drug would be immune from prosecution as long as they call 911 immediately before or after giving the antidote and obtained it through proper channels.

Comments

deertracker

So you would potentially be prosecuted for saving a life? Makes no sense!

WeThePeople1965

Double post.

WeThePeople1965

That's the thing- you're forced to let the police know. I don't see how calling the police would be such a big deal, however, if the individual who overdosed was to be on probation, that's a quick way to get yourself back in the hopper...

slightthroat212

as it stands now, you can be arrested for the overdose. If this new law is passed, you cannot if you legally possess narcan.

slightthroat212

I just saw this on the morning news yesterday. Many states are considering this. You could take someone who is overdosing to the hospital without fear of being prosecuted for having drugs on you as well if your friend was overdosing and drop them off at an ER. They could not prosecute you for being on drugs or having drugs on you when you drop them off during that person's overdose. Its quite a law. Means saving lives. As it stands now, they can arrest you if you do it.