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New law gives wide access to drug to combat opioid overdoses

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A bill approved by the 2017 Mississippi Legislature allows health care providers to write "standing prescriptions" to family members of people addicted to opioids for naloxone. Existing state law already allowed first responders to carry the drug, but now law enforcement and firefighters can administer the drug, too.

A bill approved by the 2017 Mississippi Legislature allows health care providers to write "standing prescriptions" to family members of people addicted to opioids for naloxone. Existing state law already allowed first responders to carry the drug, but now law enforcement and firefighters can administer the drug, too. The measure, which expands the number of people who can have access to naloxone, is among more than 200 bills passed by the state legislature that went into effect on July 1. "This allows a pharmacist to have a standing order to dispense it to a family member ... so they can care for a loved one," said House Drug Policy Committee Chairman Patricia Willis (R-Diamondhead) during the legislative session. Rep. Tommy Reynolds (D-Water Valley) also noted of the legislation, "This will save many lives."

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