Emergency Treatment for Opioid Overdose Act Awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s Signature
Florida may join the ranks of states who have a standing order for opiate reversal medications like Naloxone- which has been credited with saving 10,000 victims of overdoses in 2013, according to Saint Peter’s Blog. The CDC reports 44,000 people died from preventable overdoses in 2013. Florida is making an attempt to quell those numbers in the borders of the Sunshine State with Senate Bill 758 and House Bill 751, which has already passed most legal hoops. The new legislation would make Naloxone available to all who sought it without a prescription. The overdose reversal medication is effective against opiate overdoses, heroin overdoses, and prescription medication overdoses.
Upon receiving Rick Scott’s signature Florida will add to 29 states already implementing similar laws for standing orders of overdose reversal medications. As sponsor of the bill, Julio Gonzalez is quoted by the Tampa Tribune, “This legislation will ensure that the life-saving medication. . . is always in the hands of healthcare professionals and emergency personnel so we can begin curbing the overdose death rate in Florida and be a leader in these policy matters,”
Florida is ranked 11th in the nation for harboring untreated patients of addiction who suffer overdose deaths. Naloxone is a non addictive drug with the potential to give people with the disease of addiction a second chance at life. Those revived with overdose reversal medications will hopefully receive a referral to a drug addiction treatment center where they will recover from, and uncover the underlying causes of, addiction.
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.