State Panel Approves Opiate Overdose Antidote Proposal

A legislative panel has approved a proposal to allow trained first responders and police officers to carry an opiate overdose antidote to help fight drug fatalities.
The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday to send the measure to the chamber’s floor.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says giving firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders the ability to carry the antidote, called Naloxone, will save lives in South Dakota.

He says the state had 32 apparent accidental overdose deaths in 2013.
Jackley says the authorization isn’t a mandate. Local officials have the ability to pursue the antidote and training, and they could be eligible for money from the state’s Drug Control Fund.

Getting the overdose reversal drug into responders’ hands also requires doctor supervision.

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