Media Advisory: Committee to hear Narcan bill
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing today on legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio to remove a barrier to access to lifesaving anti-overdose medication.
The committee meets today, Tuesday, April 30, at the rise of the Senate session (around 4:45 p.m.) in Room 211 on the second floor of the State House. Among the bills on the committee’s agenda is:
2019-S 0799 — Sponsored by Senate President Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), this bill would address a situation experienced by some individuals who obtained naloxone, then had trouble getting life insurance. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a drug that counteracts opioid overdose. Rhode Island has an open prescription for naloxone, meaning any person can obtain the medication at a pharmacy for their own use or to help a friend or family member.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903