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January 7, 2014

Legislature health committee will not recommend medical marijuana bill

The Joint Committee on Health will not recommend a bill to legalize medical marijuana, but will offer legislation that outlines for Good Samaritan policies which will provide amnesty for those seeking medical care in cases of drug overdose.

The proposed bill will also enable others to seek potentially life-saving medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug overdose.

Another bill will allow State Police, police, sheriffs and fire and emergency service personnel to carry Naloxone or other opiod antagonists to administer to victims of drug overdose. While the bill allows those first responders to carry the drug, it also grants immunity to them when they either administer or do not choose to administer Naloxone in cases of drug ovredose.

The bill establishes a training program for those personnel, and establishes criteria for the drug's use.

Training will include the causes of opiate overdose, how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone.  

The bill allows for licensed health care providers who prescribe opiods may also prescribe Naloxone.

— E-mail: ppritt@register-herald.com

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