Two new laws will increase Narcan availability to prevent overdose deaths

STATE HOUSE – Two bills passed by the General Assembly to help prevent opioid overdose deaths through increased access to Narcan have been signed into law.

The first bill(2018-S 2930, 2018-H 8313), sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller and Rep. David A. Bennett, requires the Department of Health to develop and distribute best practices guidelines for “co-prescribing” naloxone — the opioid-overdose antidote commonly known by its trade name, Narcan — when also prescribing an opioid to patients who are at an elevated risk of overdosing. It requires the development of strategies for practitioners in non-pharmacy settings to prescribe and dispense naloxone while ensuring health insurance reimbursement.

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