Steve’s Law and Naloxone Distribution

Steve’s Law EMS Training Appropriation    

This legislation would appropriate money to expand education and distribution of the opiate overdose antidote Naloxone (Narcan). The bill would provide funding for the implementation of Steve’s Law, which was signed into law during the 2014 Legislative Session.

Steve’s Law allows first responders to carry and administer the opiate antidote Naloxone and releases liability for anyone seeking medical assistance in the event of an overdose. However, since Steve’s Law was signed by Governor Dayton, less than 5% of police and first responders in Minnesota carry Naloxone. This lack of knowledge and practice has led to unnecessary overdose deaths that Steve’s Law could have otherwise prevented.

It establishes a grant through the Department of Public Safety for EMS personnel education on Naloxone administration. It is a one-time appropriation and has a fiscal impact of $850,000, which would be evenly distributed between the eight regional emergency boards. Essentially, the bill appropriates money so first responders are trained to administer Naloxone.

STATUS: The bill is in the Finance Committee. (S.F. 1410)

Naloxone Distribution Expansion and Appropriation

The legislation requires the Commissioner of Health to expand the availability of Naloxone and engage in an education campaign to increase awareness of opiate overdoses and the availability of Naloxone. Specifically under the bill, MDH would make an effort to promote statewide distribution. The initiative would also aim to raise awareness of opiate overdoses and the effects of Naloxone through partnerships and social media. Finally, the Commissioner would have to connect with stakeholders to develop a process to improve opiate addiction treatment. MDH is appropriated $3 million for the biennium to complete the tasks listed in the bill.

STATUS: The bill is in the Finance Committee. (S.F. 1569)

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