- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Assembly members have approved a bill backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval that would increase access to drugs that can help reverse a potentially deadly heroin or painkiller overdose.

Lawmakers voted to pass SB459 on Friday on a 32-10 vote, with some Republicans opposing the measure.

The so-called “Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act” would reduce criminal penalties for reporting drug overdoses.

It would also make it easier for people to access the non-addictive drug naloxone, which can help reverse potentially deadly opioid overdoses. The measure was amended Thursday to give physicians more leeway in ordering drugs for short-term illnesses without having to check the state’s prescription monitoring database.

The amended bill now moves back to the Senate, where it passed unanimously earlier in April.

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