“Wednesday, Mar. 16, the US Senate Health Committee pushed through a bill, which co-prescribes the Saves Lives Act, that would help slow down the onslaught of heroin addiction.
WTKR.com reports that the bill was co-sponsored by Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va). As detailed, it would require federal government health facilities including the VA and DoD to co-prescribe naloxone along with any opiate prescriptions.
Citing Senator Kaine’s statement, “If somebody is getting a prescription for an opioid-based pain killer, we ought to immediately have [doctors] prescribe naloxone at the same time, if they meet certain risk indicators.”
In addition, the bill will give the State Departments of Health the funding to purchase the said substance as well as employ health care professionals that would be providing the needed training.”
Source: ChristianPost.com – March 18, 2016