- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has approved a bill that would authorize first responders to administer a drug that stops people from overdosing on heroin or prescription opioids.

Republican Rep. Heather Carter of Cave Creek says an increasing number of Arizona residents are overdosing on opiates and her bill would give first responders the tools they need to save lives.

Dr. Cara Khrist of the Arizona Department of Health Services says her department has already approved the use of Naloxone on ambulances under the guidance of a medical director.

Several other states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky allow officers and EMTs to use the drug Naloxone to revive overdose victims.

House Bill 2489 received approval in a 59-1 vote Wednesday and now moves to the Senate.

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