Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) – The State Senate has passed a bill, that the House already passed, that is meant to help curb heroin and prescription opioid abuse. The bill gives greater availability of the overdose reversing drug naloxone in emergency situations and continues education requirements for practitioners. It also helps prescribers and pharmacists check to see if patients seeking certain prescriptions have received the same medications recently in the past.
“Not only do we need to eliminate a lifetime of permanent punishment with our drug laws by giving people a second chance, but we also need to prevent addiction in the first place. This legislation does just that. By ensuring that health care professionals prescribing treatment are utilizing patient history data to help them make smart decisions, we’ll curb potential abuse,” Governor Malloy said.
The legislation can help save lives by making naloxone – a drug that reverses overdoses – more widely available. It allows not only first responders and treatment facilities access to the drug after proper training, but also families of those suffering form substance abuse.