This bill is about saving a life! This is about street heroin that’s shot up/ intravenously with needles which rapid effects causes deadly overdoses. You ONLY have a FEW precious minutes to reverse it before they stop breathing and go from respiratory arrest to cardiac arrest when you’ve CLEARLY recognized an overdose of opiates has occurred, even for paramedics and ACLS nurses, and Doctors because some people may also appear to have been drinking/ intoxicated as well, i.e. there are so many variables to the situations you can encounter that can mask or contribute to an overdose. They could’ve ingested it as well as injected it and so on. Addicts can often have other substance abuses besides opiates and mental issues like suicidal ideation, depression, situation crises ( death of a friend or family member, abuse, poverty, homelessness, demographic high acuity areas and first time users like kids etc), drug induced schizophrenia, hiv/ aids, hep c, COPD, CVD, cirrhosis of the liver with ammonia, ascites, bleeding issues, the list goes on. Opiates injected in the vein slow the breathing rate down so quick- that’s why intravenous heroin overdoses cause so much death. Overdoses are so common because injected heroin is so highly addictive that the next use could be the last because the next high requires more drug to achieve that high the addicts crave hence the demand! You have no idea how much they’ve taken and sometimes more than one amp of narcan is needed. Once it’s administered intravenously it works immediately. Once they come out of it - you’ll have EMS en route to deal with the aftermath, also a serious addict needs professional treatment after a reversal because the addiction can later bring on deadly seizures and serious withdrawal symptoms until the patient can go to a rehabilitation center which stays need to be increased to around 90 days not 30 days, a bill which could possibly already be in the works, if not it should be. By the time it may take an ambulance to arrive may be too late if narcan hasn’t been administered to reverse the opiate. All first responders should be trained and equipped with the same kits and hospital policy’s and the State Boards of Nursing should allow all ACLS RN’s to administer narcan. If that’s your family member in a public place such as a library wouldn’t you want someone to have the ability save their life? This bill is about giving opportunity to save lives. Anyplace where there’s a high acuity of OD’s there should be live saving measures and utilities to use to save a life, i.e. AED’s for cardiac arrest in public places, Walmart, schools etc. Part of dealing with addictions/ trafficking of many drugs is dealing with the OD’s, you can’t get around that. Draft other bills to deal with the origins of substance availability, demand, and it’s relative acuity areas of trafficking, addiction, cartels, etc. This is a huge issue with a lot of components but this bill is about saving lives in a high acuity area where people shoot up and die before help arrives. If it was your loved one you would vote different. This issue needs people who are in touch with death who see it who hold people and loved ones taking there last breath. If you vote against you don’t understand what’s happening. What if it’s your kid? Their first time is often the last. If it’s available and around some of your kids friends will find it just like they find other stuff. Remember when you were a kid and the crap you could’ve gotten into or did. Maybe you decided to say no or try a little bit and stayed away, what if your kid or family member doesn’t and gets addicted. This hits family’s in the gut, with good people of all walks of life and statuses, it’s not just an inner city poverty problem either. Most people have some crutch, cigarettes, ice cream, etc. moderation is the key there but these drugs like heroin and meth have no moderation, in fact cigarettes are pretty bad too. We can go on and on all day but the issue is the bill regarding the time, place and life or death. It’s so sad the lack of compassion for needed places to get warm, get food. I don’t have the answers but caring counts. Brings me to tears. Dr.’s who prescribe need to monitor their patients closely, have their patients bring their meds to each visit, etc. good Dr.’s care to monitor their patients closely. You can’t blame them or big Pharma for a period choice to overdose. Dr’s and nurses assessments at visits count for so much but people have to trust their Dr.s but their Dr.’s have to trust their patients. People have to be accountable. It always goes back to the smallest denominator. Each and every individual has a choice. We’ve not had a good voice many times and good jobs and better environments in inner cities and people feeling like they matter and belong. Families nuclear and solid. Good jobs helps families stay together and have hope. NO HOPE AND NO SUPPORT DRIVE HARM TO SELF AND OR OTHERS. HOPE BREEDS LIFE AND SELF SUSTAINING BEHAVIOR WHEREAS LACK OF INDUCES STAGNATION, SUFFERING AND WASTING.