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Capt. Robb Anders, a paramedic with the Tempe Fire Department, holds vials of Narcan, the brand name of naloxone. When administered to people who have overdosed on opiates, Narcan triggers immediate withdrawal and can save their lives.

The bill would allow more first responders such as peace officers and basic-level emergency medical technicians to carry and administer naloxone hydrochloride and other opiate antidotes. Read more»

Capt. Robb Anders, a paramedic with the Tempe Fire Department, holds vials of Narcan, the brand name of naloxone. When administered to people who have overdosed on opiates, Narcan triggers immediate withdrawal and can save their lives.

When a person overdoses on an opiate-based painkiller, life or death can hinge on how quickly a first responder or doctor administers drugs known as opiate antagonists. A state lawmaker wants to allow more first responders to give them to overdose victims. Read more»