Rep. Scott Ryan Announces Passage Of Bill Expanding Access To Vivitrol
Daniel's Law is another legislative effort to combat the drug epidemic
November 14, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) today announced the passage of legislation that expands access to naltrexone, a drug that helps prevent addicted individuals from relapsing.

House Bill 167, also known as Daniel’s Law, allows pharmacists to dispense or administer naltrexone, or Vivitrol, in the event of an emergency. Since this drug specifically blocks opioid receptors and reduces opioid cravings, addicted individuals who miss a dose could relapse and use. In the event that someone needs their next scheduled dose immediately, this bill would empower pharmacies to fill it quickly or administer it themselves, as long as that person already has been receiving it and cannot get the next dose from the doctor. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration noted that there is no abuse or diversion potential with naltrexone, making it a vital tool in the fight against Ohio’s drug epidemic.

“I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation, which will further utilize existing personnel to assist in our efforts to get timely treatment to those that need it,” Rep. Ryan said.

Designated as Daniel’s Law, the bill is named for Daniel Weidle of Germantown, who tragically died of an overdose in 2015 after battling addiction for years. Daniel’s father, Scott, has made it his mission to share Daniel’s story in the hopes of educating others about addiction.

Daniel’s Law, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville), will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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