HARTFORD, Conn. – New England governors convened Tuesday in Massachusetts in an attempt to come up with a way to more effectively monitor cross-border prescription painkiller trafficking as part of a strategy to stem a regional spike in heroin overdoses and abuse of other opioids.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined his fellow governors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to set up a system for sharing information between the states’ prescription drug monitoring programs in an effort to stop a practice known as “doctor shopping.”
When he returned Tuesday afternoon to Connecticut, Malloy held a ceremonial bill signing regarding legislation that would allow a family member or a friend to request a prescription for Naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan, from any health care official. The drug helps reverse an opioid or heroin overdose.
“Narcan saves lives,” was the popular phrase used by many at the press conference.
“There’s nothing about Narcan that can do anything other than save a life,” Patricia Rehmer, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, said. “No side effects, no potential for abuse, just a medication that helps people who are suffering from an overdose of some sort of opiate.”
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