- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A law is taking effect to let first responders, friends and family administer potentially life-saving medication to people overdosing on opioids, including heroin.

The law opening up access to opioid antagonists became effective Wednesday.

Known by the brand name Narcan, naloxone can save people who have overdosed on heroin, prescription drugs or other opioids.

In the law, first responders, police, firefighters, people at risk of overdosing and their family, friends and caretakers could carry the treatment. Health providers would have to offer educational resources on how to use it.

Opioid antagonists are usually in shot form.

Family and friends would be required to take the patient to a medical facility after administering the drug.

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