The Senate gave final approval Friday to allowing doctors to prescribe to a third party a drug that counters the effects of opiate overdoses which often are needed before paramedics or an ambulance could arrive.
The Senate voted 27-0 to pass HB119, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. It would allow caregivers and family members of people using opiates to receive prescriptions to have Naloxone present in case of an overdose, and administer it.
"Last year, over 500 Utahns died of drug overdoses. And of those, most of them were prescription drugs… Most of those were not suicides, they were accidental," said Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, an emergency room doctor who is the Senate sponsor of the bill.