To Reduce Opioid Deaths And Addictions, Massachusetts Lawmakers To Vote On Bill That Includes Naloxone Access
Lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker are looking to build on a March 2016 law aimed at slowing the public health crisis that kills dozens of state residents weekly. News on efforts to curb the epidemic comes from Ohio, also.
State House News Service:
To Curb Opioid Deaths And Addiction, Mass. House Poised To Pass Bill Offering New Tools
The general public would have more ready access to overdose-reversing medication, pharmacies would start moving to electronic prescriptions and state prisons would need to work with health authorities on a pilot for medication-assisted substance abuse treatment behind bars, under a bill teed up for passage in the (Mass.) House this week. (Metzger, 7/10)
Elysium To Get $3 Million In Ohio Funds For Abuse-Resistant Opioid.
Ohio plans to give $3 million to a business that's working to make an abuse-free prescription pain medication as part of an effort to reduce overdose deaths in the state. Elysium Therapeutics has work underway on "a new class of opioid pain relievers that protect individuals from oral misuse, abuse, and fatal overdose" to combat the opioid-overdose epidemic. (DeMio, 7/10)