Legislation letting librarians use overdose-reversal drug passes house


The Michigan House voted unanimously to allow librarians administer the drug naloxone, sold under the brandname Narcan among others, to reverse opioid overdoses.

A House Fiscal Agency analysis says committee testimony showed that libraries are becoming more frequent sites of drug use and overdose deaths.

House Bills 4366 and 4367 would allow public libraries to buy the opioid overdose-reversal medication and give it to employees who are trained in administering it. Libraries and their employees would be immune from legal liability for administering the drug in good faith.

The legislation heads to the Senate for consideration next.

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