Continuing its theme of covering the heroin epidemic in Kentucky, the Huffington Post recently published this story on new legislation there targeted at helping addicts.
The state will now allow local health departments to set up needle exchanges and increase the number of people who can carry naloxone, the drug that paramedics use to save a person suffering an opioid overdose. Addicts who survive an overdose will no longer be charged with a crime after being revived. Instead, they will be connected to treatment services and community mental health workers.
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Posted by Cara Eberhardt, Patient Care Coordinator