Bill to get anti-overdose drug into more life-saving hands passes out of committee

Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 14:19:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY  - The goal for those supporting House Bill 238 is to expand access to the anti-overdose drug Naloxone.

When administered in a timely fashion, the drug can reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate-based pain pill overdose.

The drug has been around since the 1970s but mainly in the hands of emergency room doctors, paramedics and EMTs. Opiod oversode meds bill

If this becomes law it would carve out $1 million to expand access to Naloxone to include in particular police agencies, since officers are often the first ones on the scene of a potentially fatal heroin or pain pill overdose.

So while this is not yet a done deal, the bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee Monday.

Meaning that it is looking good for this to become a law and to receive funding here in the very near future.

And at that, point police agencies could sign up to train their officers and receive Naloxone to have in their patrol cars.