- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state Senate committee has delayed voting on a bill that could expand use of a drug overdose antidote across Ohio.

It’s aimed at reducing the state’s record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, which are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

The Senate Health and Human Services committee changed the bill Wednesday, specifying a protocol for pharmacists distributing the antidote naloxone.

The chairwoman, Sen. Shannon Jones, says delaying the vote allows for more review. She says it’s technical legislation and lawmakers need to get it right.

The House had unanimously passed the measure to allow distribution of naloxone by individuals authorized by a doctor, including an addict or a relative or friend. It also would allow pharmacies to distribute the drug without a prescription.


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