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Heroin Bill Begins to Work

Much has been written about the compromise heroin legislation passed by the General Assembly during this year's session (SB192), but I wanted to highlight two parts of it in particular.  But first, as a primer, the bill has a handful of goals.  SB192 is intended to (1) strengthen penalties and sentences for those who traffic in heroin, (2) increase access to substance abuse care for those addicted to heroin, (3) increase access to naloxone, which blocks the receptors in the nervous system that are affected by heroin (stops an overdose), and (4) creates a good samaritan provision so that people who call for help aren't punished (lots of people have died from a heroin overdose because their friends feared calling law enforcement).