National group praises Wolf's overdose antidote plan

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2015 4:25 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf's plan to expand access to a prescription drug that prevents drug overdose fatalities is being hailed as a model for other states.

Wolf is directing state Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine to write a "standing order" that serves as a prescription for all Pennsylvanians to obtain naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan.

Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says the governor's goal is to allow relatives and friends of drug users to obtain the overdose antidote directly from pharmacies without going to their health care provider.

The leader of a national group that works to reduce the harm of drug use is praising the governor's plan. Daniel Raymond of the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York says the law removes bureaucratic barriers and will save lives.

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