RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- State Rep. John Frey (R-Ridgefield) joined other members of the state House of Representatives in passing a bill that would provide civil and criminal immunity to anyone administering an opioid antagonist drug such as naloxone to a person suffering from an overdose from heroin or other opioids.
In 2012, Frey voted to pass a bill that would allow friends and family to obtain a prescription for naloxone if they suspect opioid abuse by a loved one. However, under that statute, only licensed medical practitioners were immune from prosecution if they administered the drug to someone experiencing an overdose.
The bill that passed unanimously through the House would extend that immunity to anyone administering a naloxone dose who is deemed to be acting in “good faith” and reasonable care.
“It is a terrible tragedy when anyone dies of a drug overdose, but it is even worse when the death could have been prevented with a dose of this safe and effective drug,” Frey said in a statement. “We have been experiencing a small epidemic of heroin and prescription drug-related overdoses in the State, and I am proud to have co-sponsored this life-saving bill.”
The bill is currently waiting to be voted on in the state Senate.
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