[MMA News Now, May 7, 2014]
Both bodies of the Legislature have now unanimously passed versions of a bill that would make naloxone (an opioid overdose antidote) available to first responders, and would allow people who witness an overdose to call 911 and receive limited immunity from prosecution.
The legislation is now headed to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it into law.
The MMA is also monitoring legislation that would enhance the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Under a Senate bill, the PMP would send out an alert to physicians when a patient is potentially doctor shopping for opioids. This bill has passed through the Senate. The House version of the bill does not include the alert language.
Both the Senate and House versions would allow for a prescriber’s name to be displayed on PMP prescribing records.
A conference committee will be formed to discuss the differences between both bodies’ versions before the legislation is sent to Dayton for his signature.