This bill — known as the Lifesaving Librarians Act — would allow public libraries in high-intensity drug trafficking areas to receive grants to purchase naloxone rescue kits to reverse opioid overdoses and to train employees in the use of the kits. Libraries would have to keep a full-time, trained employee on staff and couldn’t lack such an employee for more than 30 days or else they would no longer be eligible for the grants. Grants would be authorized through fiscal year 2022.
What is House Bill H.R. 4259?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4259
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced this bill to help libraries, which have become a hotspot for heroin and opioid overdoses, by providing them with grants to purchase overdose reversal kits and train employees to use them:
“Library staff across the country are ready to save lives when people overdose -- now it’s up to us to make sure they have the training and tools they need to provide immediate assistance to people who are struggling with addiction. New York State’s programs that provide this training are proven lifesavers -- and it’s time we build on that success and take these programs nationwide.”
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Lifesaving Librarians Act
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for naloxone rescue kits in public libraries, and for other purposes.
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- The senate has not voted
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Committee on Energy and CommerceHealthIntroducedNovember 6th, 2017
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