FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield dtate Rep. Brenda Kupchick is supporting a bill providing civil and criminal immunity to those administering opiate antagonist prescription drugs such as Narcan.
Narcan is "a life-saving measure against heroin overdoses which will reduce the number of untimely deaths in Connecticut according to medical professionals," according the press release. Kupchick is supporting HB 5487, which was approved by a 142-0 vote, according to the release.
Previously, only doctors were allowed to administer the drug.
“Drug addiction is a statewide, growing problem that does not discriminate by age, ethnicity or socioeconomic status," said Kupchick. "In recent years more Connecticut residents between the ages of 18 to 25 have died due to accidental drug overdoses than any other cause. This is a very serious matter. Heroin use has become a crisis in our communities and those addicted need our help. Addiction is disease that requires treatment. I am grateful this legislation will provide loved ones a tool to help save the lives of those who are no longer in control of their lives."
The Connecticut General Assembly passed a law that Kupchick supported in 2012. The new bill legally protects anyone administering opioid antagonist drugs, acting in “good faith” and reasonable care, according to the release.