Legislation that would appropriate money to expand education and training on the opiate overdose antidote Naloxone was heard before the Judiciary Budget Division. The bill establishes a grant through the Minnesota 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. Although Steve’s Law passed last session, many police departments and first responders have been unaware of the law and therefore do not carry or know how to administer the life-saving overdose antidote.
The legislation was laid over for possible inclusion in the Judiciary Finance Omnibus Bill. (S.F. 1410)