- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend is looking to increase access to a drug that can counteract the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opiates.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/32Br4Q) Buehler’s chief of staff, Jordan Conger, says the Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a bill during the legislative session beginning in February that would eliminate the need for a prescription to purchase naloxone.

Under the proposed legislation, Conger says those concerned about a friend or relative’s opiate use would be able to purchase naloxone from a licensed pharmacist. The bill would also expand access to emergency shelters or other organizations that work with drug users.

If approved, the legislation would bring Oregon in line with 14 other states where naloxone is available without a prescription.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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