House Approves Opioid Legislation

April 26, 2016

Passage of this legislation will address the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in Connecticut. On a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved HB 5053, An Act Increasing Access To Overdose Reversal Drugs. Specifically, the bill will improve access to Naloxone, or Narcan, which is used to treat opioid overdose.

It also limits first-time painkiller prescriptions to a 7-day supply, strengthens the prescription monitoring program and releases health care professionals and good Samaritans from liability for administering an opioid antagonist, such as Narcan, to treat an overdose.