- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill allowing doctors to prescribe anti-overdose drugs to a person at risk of experiencing an overdose or a family member or friend who can assist them.

Hassan, who signed the bill Tuesday, said the rising rate of heroin and opioid overdoses is “one of the most pressing public health and safety challenges facing our state.”

She noted that New Hampshire had more than 300 overdose deaths last year and that the state has already increased the safe and effective use of Narcan by first responders and police.

She said the law will help save more lives.

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