Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to widen access to a prescription drug that can prevent fatalities from drug overdoses, reported The Associated Press.
In an op-ed piece published Monday by PennLive.com, Wolf said the Pennsylvania State Police will begin carrying nasal-spray kits of naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, in their patrol cars.
A spokesman says the policy will take effect in the coming weeks.
Wolf also says he's directed state Physician General Dr. Rachel Levin to write a "standing order" that serves as a prescription that allows every Pennsylvanian to obtain naloxone. The non-addictive drug can reverse the effect of heroin and other opioids such as oxycodone.
A new state law allows police to administer the antidote. It also allows doctors to prescribe it to friends and relatives of addicts.
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