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Letting First Responders Use Higher Doses of Narcan to Fight Opiate Overdoses

Bipartisan move to give paramedics, firefighters more flexibility in type and dosage of opioid antidotes

New Jersey is considering updates to a law designed to protect emergency responders who administer life-saving opioid antidotes in order to address a growing and painful truth: preventing overdoses with today’s more powerful drugs requires increasingly robust strategies.The Senate health committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill that would give paramedics, firefighters, and other first responders more flexibility in the type and number of doses they can use when administering naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose. The measure, which cleared the Assembly in March, awaits final passage in the full Senate.