Beshear exploring using executive order to increase availability of Naloxone in Ky.

05/01/2014 04:28 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday his staff is looking into whether he can use his authority, perhaps through executive order, to allow for easier access to the drug Naloxone, which combats the effects of heroin overdoses.

Giving greater protection to first responders to use Naloxone when responding to overdose calls and allowing family and friends of addicts to purchase the drug was part of the heroin bill that failed on the last day of the 2014 legislative session.

Some states, such as Rhode Island, allow for Naloxone to be sold over the counter.

Beshear said that drug could save lives and wants to see if he has the authority to allow that drug to become more easily available.

He said it’s not likely that a special session is imminent because he said legislative leaders don’t seem to be making it a priority.

Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, told Pure Politics this week that the House Democratic caucus didn’t even discuss the heroin bill during the final two days of the session, April 14 and 15. That indicates that the measure was far behind other bills, like the road project plan, on the caucus leaders’ priority list.

The heroin bill contained complicated provisions regarding the prosecution of dealers, as well as less controversial parts like increasing treatment and the Naloxone provision.

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