W.Va. lawmakers clear bill with life-saving heroin treatment

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West Virginia lawmakers have approved a bill to let first responders, friends and family administer potentially life-saving medication to people overdosing on opioids, including heroin.

On Wednesday, the House of Delegates voted 99-0 to open up access to opioid antagonists.

The Senate passed a similar bill without opposition earlier this month.

Republican Del. John Shott said the bill will save lives.

In the proposal, first responders, police, firefighters, people at risk of overdosing and their family, friends and caretakers could carry the treatment.

All groups would have limited immunity.

Opioid antagonists are usually in shot form.

Family and friends would be required to take the patient to a medical facility after administering the drug.

The House and Senate still need to make their versions of the bill match.

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