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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana
     

May 11, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Fighting Connecticut's Opioid Epidemic

VIDEO: Opioids
Opioid addiction has escalated to epidemic levels in recent years, impacting every community in Connecticut. The General Assembly passed a bill I introduced that takes a multi-faceted approach to the problem that will lower addiction risks and save lives.

opioid drugsHouse Bill 5053, An Act Concerning Access to Overdose Reversal Drugs, addresses the over-prescribing of opioid painkillers and ensures that first responders are better equipped to manage opioid addiction. It sets a cap on first-time painkiller prescriptions to a 7-day supply for minors and adults (except under limited circumstances) and requires that doctors explain the risks of opioid use to minors before prescribing them. The bill also strengthens Connecticut's prescription drug monitoring program which helps physicians determine if their patients may be at risk for opioid addiction.

The bill requires that local emergency medical services carry Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name "Narcan," which can save the life of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. The bill also prevents health insurers from requiring prior authorization for Narcan prescriptions, allowing more people to have the drug on hand and ready to administer in an emergency situation. Health care professionals and Good Samaritans will also be released from liability when they administer Narcan or another opioid antagonist to treat an overdose. Finally, the bill adds more on-the-ground experts, including an emergency medical technician and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, to the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council.
 

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