[MMA News Now, March 13, 2014] On March 10, the Senate's Health, Human Services and Housing Committee pushed forward a bill (SF 1900) that would make naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses, available to first responders.
The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2007, would also make naloxone available to social service organizations.
The MMA supports this legislation as well as the Good Samaritan portion of the bill that provides limited immunity to someone who calls 911 to report an overdose or administers naloxone to an individual who is overdosing. However, some law enforcement officials have questioned this part of the bill.
SF 1900 now moves onto the Senate Judiciary Committee. The house version of the bill (HF 2307) has been referred to the house’s Judiciary Finance and Policy Committee.