State Representatives Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) released a statement regarding the House Concurrence today of House Bill 4. The bill, joint sponsored by Sprague and Rezabek, takes further strides in curtailing Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

“This legislation will save lives in the State of Ohio, and make this life-saving medication more widely available,” said Representative Sprague.

“I want to thank Representative Sprague for all of his great work in his fight against Ohio’s drug epidemic,” said Representative Rezabek. “It was truly an honor working with him on House Bill 4. Also, I want to applaud the Senate in acting quickly to pass this legislation and add an emergency clause to it because simply put, expanding access to naloxone has and will continue to save lives.”

HB 4 works to decrease drug overdose deaths in Ohio by allowing a physician to issue a protocol that authorizes others to furnish naloxone to an individual who is at risk of overdosing or to an individual who might be able to assist another person during an opioid-induced overdose. Prescribers will no longer need to be present when naloxone is furnished, if the individual furnishing naloxone has been issued a protocol, and local health departments will be able to sell naloxone at wholesale prices to law enforcement agencies.

House Bill 4 now awaits action by the Governor. 

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