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Overdose-death prevention bill headed to Pa. House

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Legislation to prevent drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is headed to the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 2090, reported out of the House Human Services Committee on Tuesday, would ensure police and emergency responders have access to naloxone, a drug that can stop an overdose in process.

The bill's sponsors, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), said similar programs are already in use in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

They said Massachusetts has reported the reversal of 2,000 overdoses since the start of its program.

Their legislation includes "Good Samaritan" provisions that would give legal immunity to people who seek help when someone has overdosed on drugs.

 

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