Just days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of drug overdose, a bill meant to stem deaths from heroin overdoses has reached the New York Senate.
Sponsored by State Sen. Kemp Hannon, the bill would increase access to a special drug, known as naloxone, that can reverse overdoses from heroin.
Naloxone has been known for reversing about 10,000 overdoses since 1996. But because it’s a prescription drug, it is difficult to give it to the patients who need it most.
Hannon’s bill aim to allow physicians to distribute the drug to anyone who takes a short training course.
Freedom to use drugs
It’s unclear whether the drug could have helped Hoffman, who was apparently alone when he overdosed.
It’s a point that’s hard to argue with. Freedom opens up the arena for individual character to define how people will use drugs. Freedom alone is a blank slate that allows people to impose order on their own lives.