A new state law, passed unanimously by the General Assembly, allows police and other first responders to administer a prescription drug called Naloxone or Narcan to anyone who appears to have overdosed.

Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of Gateway Rehabilitation, calls it a miracle drug.

“It immediately reverses an overdose from any opioid. That’s a medicine in the opium family such as morphine, codeine, OxyContin, and heroin, and it will save a life. It’s a dramatic effect.”

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