Overdose drug expansion considered in Colorado

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
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"What this bill does, it gives the mothers, the sisters, the homeless shelters that work with homeless addicts the ability to use this drug to save the lives of people at risk of an overdose," Raville said.

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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