Naloxone, AKA Narcan, Availability
With legislation in previous years, the “opiate antagonist” has become a ubiquitous part of the overdose conversation in Connecticut. Officials have pointed to the following:
- In 2012, legislation was signed into law that allowed prescriptions of the drug to be given to people other than direct users, paving the way for parents and friends have it on hand.
- In 2015, a unanimously supported bill became law that allowed pharmacists to prescribe the drug after completing a course designed by the state.
- “Good Samaritan” laws have been created and modified in recent years that gave protections to those who report overdoses and administer naloxone in “good faith,” according to state officials. With this, police departments and other first responders became more common carriers.