Lawmakers Push to Legalize Vaccine Used to Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

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DES MOINES, Iowa - House Republicans are considering a bill that would legalize a vaccination used to prevent deadly drug overdoses.

As reported by WQAD, Narcan, or the generic Naloxone, is a drug that restores breathing to someone experiencing a heroin, or other opioid, overdose.

Illinoisians in Lee County are learning to use Narcan to prevent fatal overdoses. Now, a bill in Iowa seeks to legalize the same vaccine.

The bill passed the House Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote, making it floor-eligible. Rep. Clel Baudler (R-Greenfield) says he supports the use of Narcan to give drug addicts a "second chance."

"I'm not sure I support the concept, but this will give drug addicts - people who O.D. on opiates - another chance," he said. "I don't know whether they'll get help or not. But if they keep taking illegal drugs, they'll eventually get the job done, whether it's accidental or on purpose."

Baudler says he doesn't anticipate any speed-bumps in the passage of this bill, but he isn't sure when it will be brought up for a vote on the House floor.

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