- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has unanimously approved a bill allowing family members or friends of people at risk of overdosing on opiates to obtain a drug used as an antidote without a prescription.

House Bill 2355 by Cave Creek Republican Rep. Heather Carter is designed to make it easier for loved ones of users of heroin or other opiates to save their lives if they overdose. The House passed the bill on a 59-0 vote Thursday evening, sending it to the Senate for action.

A law Carter sponsored last year allows trained emergency medical technicians or police officers to administer the drug known by the brand name Narcan in an emergency.

Numerous states have been expanding access to Narcan to help combat overdose deaths.



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