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Press Release: Sen. Nelson Bill Takes First Step to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Sen. Nelson Bill Takes First Step to Fight Opioid Epidemic

For Immediate Release, February 14, 2019--------------------------------------------------------------

On Thursday, Governor Brad Little signed HB 12 into law. The legislation would allow for easier dispensing of a drug called Naloxone. This drug can be quickly administered to an individual having an opioid overdose. In fact, it is so effective that it can sometimes bring someone back to life shortly after an overdose. Senator David Nelson (D-Moscow) sponsored the bill on the Senate floor. He expressed the importance of making Naloxone easily accessible.

“I am honored that this was the first piece of legislation I sponsored as a Senator.” He said. “This is an important first step in addressing the ongoing opioid crisis. Individuals who had no other option in the past will now have access to life saving drug. Sometimes, legislation really can be the difference between life and death.”

Representative Jake Ellis joined Sen. Nelson at the signing cer emony. Rep. Ellis was invited to the ceremony because he has first-hand experience with Naloxone. During his time as a first responder, he witnessed over 50 lives saved by the drug. He explained the impact this legislation would make.

“During my time as a first responder, I came to understand the importance of making this drug more accessible.” He said. “When you have to act fast to save a life, drugs like Naloxone are incredibly helpful. We have to give families as many tools as possible when they are making decisions in a crisis. Naxolone will be invaluable to people who know that they must act quickly to save someone. There is no reason that we should deny people a second chance at life.”

 

David Nelson