Reed Bill Would Boost Access To Overdose Antidote Narcan

Jun 22, 2015

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) has introduced legislation to make the overdose antidote drug Narcan more widely available nationwide. The legislation would make funding available to community organizations to distribute the drug and provide training.  Reed says it does not address the cost of Narcan, which has more than doubled over the past few years.

Sen. Jack Reed speaks at a roundtable discussion with head of the department of behavioral health, Maria Montanaro
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“That’s one of the things that the FDA, federal authorities all have to look at very closely. Is this a short-run consequence of the huge increase in demand for the drug, or is it a market imperfection we can go ahead and affect that positively?”

Narcan can reverse an overdose in a matter of seconds. It’s available in Rhode Island from any Walgreens pharmacy without a prescription, and several organizations distribute kits for free.