Bill allows families of opiate users to get drug

Posted at 5:25 AM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 07:25:52-05

Legislation introduced in the Arizona House allows family members of people at risk of overdosing on opiates to get a drug used as an antidote without a prescription.

House Bill 2355 by Cave Creek Republican Rep. Heather Carter is designed to make it easier for loved ones of users of heroin or other opiates to save their lives if they overdose.

A law Carter sponsored last year allows trained emergency medical technicians or police officers administer the drug known by the brand name Narcan in an emergency.

Carter plans to amend her new proposal to include anyone who is in a position to help an overdose victim. It is set for a hearing Tuesday.

Numerous states have been expanding access to Narcan to help combat overdose deaths.