- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina could become the third state with a standing order allowing an injection that prevents opioid overdoses to be easily accessed by most people.

A proposal allowing physicians to prescribe naloxone to anyone flew through the North Carolina Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

The medication reverses overdoses of heroin, OxyContin and other opium-based drugs. The proposal would allow any pharmacist to fill the prescription and would protect the state health director from civil or criminal liability.

The bill passed in the Senate with a 49-0 vote and will now go to the House for debate.

Greensboro-area Democrat Sen. Gladys Robinson says the bill will save lives as opioid overdose deaths continue to spike across the nation.

Only Maryland and Pennsylvania have similar statewide orders.

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