The measure, Senate Bill 81, is mostly designed to deal with the opioid crisis that is ravaging parts of the United States and Georgia, especially in rural areas. It eases access to Naloxone, a drug that in some cases can instantly reverse an opioid overdose.
The bill’s sponsors include some of the most influential lawmakers in the Senate, including the Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, and the chairwoman of the committee that will hear the bill, Renee Unterman, R-Buford.
Unterman said in an interview before the hearing Thursday that the provision was inserted in error. And rather than restricting an entire schedule of drugs, she said, it will specify opioids and opioid derivatives.
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That will be good news for the patients and their parents that Taylor-Klaus works with.
“They can’t believe it would happen,” she said. “But there’s a lot of things happening these days they can’t believe would happen.”
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