Senate Bill 57, sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today passed the Ohio Senate by a unanimous vote. The legislation would establish a pilot project in Lorain County that would allow qualified emergency responders to obtain and administer Narcan (or the generic brand Naloxone) which can revive an individual who is suffering from an apparent opioid-related overdose.
“In 2012, deaths from drug overdoses in Lorain County increased nearly three-fold when compared to previous years,” said Manning. “This is a growing and dangerous problem in our region and one that must be addressed quickly.”
The final results of the year-long pilot project would be reported back to the General Assembly for further consideration. All of the emergency responders participating in the project will receive training from a health professional on the administration of the drug before it is distributed to them for use.
While Narcan can reverse the affects of an opioid-related overdose, it has no known affect when administered to an individual who is not experiencing an overdose.
“Modern medicine has blessed us with the ability to reverse the immediate impact of a drug overdose and this pilot project will give us the opportunity to test its life-saving potential," added Manning. "It would be a tragedy not to save lives right here in Lorain County when the resources are quite possibly right at our finger tips.”

Both the Lorain County Coroner and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office testified before the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety in support of the legislation.

"Time is not on our side," Manning added during her speech on the Senate Floor. "Teenagers and young people are dying weekly from opioid overdoses, and I want to do whatever is necessary to act swiftly to save even one life. To delay this bill one day could mean the difference between a young person living or dying."
Senate Bill 57 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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