FDA approves tool to undo opioid overdoses

April 4, 2014
by Tim Darragh
The Morning Call

Pennsylvania has the 14th highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States, according to a 2013 study by Trust for America's Health. At 15.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, Pennsylvania's drug overdose death rate has grown 89 percent since 1999, it said.

The state legislature now is considering a "Good Samaritan" bill that would protect people from being arrested if they place a 911 call to alert authorities about an overdose. In addition, the bill would expand access to, and training in the administration of nalaxone.

Now, will the General Assembly take the next step?

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