Access expands for drug that combats drug overdoses

<p>With the governorâ??s signing, the legislation takes effect immediately.</p>

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law Tuesday, which expands access to a drug that reduces drug over doses.

Friends or family of a person abusing drug prescriptions or heroin can get the drug from a prescriber and administer it through the person's nose. The drug called Naloxone, or otherwise known as Narcan, has been used in emergency rooms and paramedics. The non-addictive drug reverses the effects of a drug overdose.

The bill expands the access to law enforcement agencies too. Officers will have the ability to administer it while on duty. State Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), who sponsored the House Bill 170, said this provides a solution to citizens with drug addictions.

â??Over the years, a staggering number of people became addicted due to the pill mills,â?? said State Rep. Johnson. â??When we shut them down, they didnâ??t magically become un-addicted. Instead, drug cartels moved in, peddling heroin in massive quantities. This bill empowers families, friends, and law enforcement to save lives and give the addict a chance at recovery.â??

The drug works by blocking the receptors in the brain when a person has taken a prescription opioid or heroin. The drug would have no effect on a person if they haven't abused the drug.

Legislation takes effect immediately.