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.



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


Double post.


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...


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



It's very important that if you or your friend or family member is a user that you have a naloxone kit on hand in case of an overdose. These are free and available from 2 Project DAWN site locations here in northern Ohio:

The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland (OPEN Fridays from 1pm - 5pm)
12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 778-2100

Cuyahoga County Board of Health (OPEN Fridays from 9am - 12pm)
5550 Venture Dr, Parma, Ohio 44130
12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 778-2100

From the Project Dawn website:

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.

If naloxone is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal, although uncomfortable, is not life-threatening.

Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanex, Klonopin and Valium), methamphetamines, or alcohol.

According to a recent CDC Publication, between 1996 and June 2010, a total of 53,032 individuals have been trained and given naloxone by overdose prevention programs. During that same time period, these programs have received reports of 10,171 overdose reversals using naloxone.



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.


Couple comments from the Internet:

"Permanent brain damage or death is the likely result of just 4 minutes of respiratory arrest. Relying on a 911 call in such circumstances may be the ultimately foolish false sense of security."


"Agreed. Naloxone is directly beneficial, has few (if any) downsides or side effects, and could save lives - not just for heroin overdoses, but for the increasing number of people who are overdosing on prescription narcotics as well.

If you've never seen the drug work, it's amazing. You can take someone who's unconscious, unresponsive, and unable to control their airway and bring them to a state of stone cold sobriety in less than 60 seconds (it's best to restrain the long-time users before you do this, though - they get cranky). It's unbelievably effective and could save many lives."