Naloxene expansion is backed by the national Drug Policy Alliance, which favors treating drug abuse as a public-health problem, not a criminal problem. Colorado's naloxone bill is an extension of a "Good Samaritan" drug law approved last year to encourage drug users to call for medical help if they see an overdose in a fellow drug-user.
The sponsor of that "Good Samaritan" drug law is also sponsoring the naloxone bill. Democratic Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver physician, said the antagonist expansion would continue Colorado's shift on drug policy to encourage treatment instead of prison for addicts.
"We're all looking at substance abuse as a disease that leads to crime," Aguilar said.
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