Some paramedics already have access to OD-fighting drug

2014-02-04T11:31:00Z 2014-02-04T20:24:08Z Some paramedics already have access to OD-fighting drug nwitimes.com
February 04, 2014 11:31 am

A story that appeared in Tuesday's edition regarding the drug naloxone should have stated top qualified paramedics in the state already have the legal right to administer naloxone, branded Narcan, to combat overdoses involving heroin and other opioids, according to Aaron Kochar, director of prevention and education at Porter Starke Services.

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would expand that right to the balance of the paramedics, as well as firefighters and law enforcement personnel, he said. The legislation, was amended recently into Senate Bill 227 and is pending before the House after clearing the Senate. The House has until March 3 to act on the bill.

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