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NY Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Overdose Deaths
By Joe Gullo
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Senate passed a bill that would help prevent overdose deaths Thursday.
A press release says the legislation will give more people access to a highly effective antidote to accidental drug overdose called Naloxone or Narcan.
“New York State, like the nation, is in the midst of a severe prescription drug crisis, and there is a need to look at the complete spectrum of drug abuse in order to address this crisis,” said Senator Hannon, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee.
Authorized health care professionals will be able to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certify training programs and pharmacies. The pharmacies would then be able to distribute the medication and instruct how to properly administer it.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that every 19 minutes, one person dies from an accidental overdose from prescription drug abuse.