- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has given initial approval to a measure that would allow family members access to an over-the-counter drug to stop heroin overdoses.

Rep. Heather Carter of Cave Creek sponsored the measure to make it easier for loved ones of heroin or other opiate users to save their lives if they overdose.

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.

The drug blocks the effect of opiates on the brain and restores normal breathing if administered quickly.

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

The House gave initial approval to House Bill 2355 on Thursday. It now awaits a formal vote.

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