Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed bills to expand the availability of drugs that block or reverse the effects of overdosing on painkillers and other prescription drugs.
One law enacted Wednesday allows pharmacists to dispense, without a prescription, opioid antagonists. Two other laws let the overdose reversal drugs to be prescribed to schools to have on hand for emergencies.
School districts obtaining naloxone would have to have at least two employees with training on how to administer the drug.
A growing opioid problem has local, state and federal officials teaming up to talk solutions.
Patrick Miles is the U.S. attorney for the western district of Michigan, and his office is part of collaboration efforts. He tells WGVU about local goals and why it’s important to view these issues through the lenses of public health and prevention.
A Grand Rapids Chapter of FAN, Families Against Narcotics, launches this weekend. Their a goal is to increase public awareness of addiction as a medical disease and changing the face of addiction so those affected can get the medical care they need. We speak to Secretary Mary DeBoer.