The WV legislature has taken time off from removing mining safety regulations, attacking unions and wage earners, rolling back and blocking regulation of our waterways, and generally being a menace to society to do something that might actually do some good:
A life-saving medication that reverses the effects of heroin and prescription pain-pill overdoses could soon be in the hands of addicts across West Virginia.
The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that aims to curb West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate — now the highest in the nation.
The legislation allows doctors to prescribe naloxone — also known under the brand name Narcan — to drug users, and their family members, caregivers and friends. The same people also will be allowed to legally administer the medication for the first time.
“In many cases, minutes matter,” said Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer. “This bill will save lives.”
The Senate passed the bill last month, so it next heads to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who’s expected to sign it into law. Tomblin proposed the legislation in his State of the State address.
“It’s vital that West Virginia maintains not only a skilled but a drug-free workforce,” said Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman in an email. “This legislation will help provide the opportunity for people to rebuild their lives and, if they choose, become productive members of their communities.”
Now, only paramedics, doctors and nurses can administer naloxone to people who overdose on heroin and prescription drugs. The bill also allows police and firefighters to administer the medication.
This is a good thing, and I am pleasantly surprised that some wingnut did not suggest that this would make people more likely to overdose (that’s the reich wing logic opposing birth control and cervical cancer vaccines- it will make the sluts more likely to screw). I guess ALEC forgot to send the memo.
At any rate, this should be the law of the land in every state.