NY State Senator and Health Committee chairperson Kemp Hannon introduced Senate Bill 6477 on February 4th, 2014. This bill authorizes the New York health commissioner to set up an opioid overdose prevention program in the state of New York.
Opioid overdose is a problem that can be avoided. There is an antidote available that can reverse overdoses almost immediately. This antidote should be available to anyone who thinks they might need it some day, including friends, family and emergency responders who may be the first on the scene.
Narcan (aka Naloxone Hcl.) can be administered by either an injection or an atomizer that sprays the medication into the victim’s nasal passages. This bill would allow people in NY state to acquire Naloxone Hcl. so that they may care for their friends or family should an overdose occur.
Here is a CBS news report about Narcan on youtube (short clip, 1m 06s)
Please take the time send a letter to your State Senator today to urge them to support this bill.
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