The administration of Governor Tom Corbett said a prescription drug that is capable of reducing fatalities from overdoses of heroin is going to be more available to the public and police in Pennsylvania.
A September law that was made in an attempt to make the drug naloxone available to more people who are able to use the drug to stop OxyContin or heroin overdoses was put into effect.
Naloxone or as it’s more commonly known, Narcan reverses the results of opioids and heroin. Even though doctors and paramedics from the state of Pennsylvania were allowed to use the drug, police were not legally permitted to administer the drug.
The new law will reduce fatal overdoses by allowing physicians to prescribe the drug to relatives or friends of drug addicts, who are in most cases the first ones to come in contact with a person suffering of an overdose.
The one who fought to change the drug laws in Pennsylvania in order to provide Good Samaritan immunity to people who help someone who is overdosing, Lynne Massi was in the chambers from Delaware County Council on November 25 when District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the launch of David’s Law. The law is named after Lynne Massi’s nephew, David John Massi II, who died in 2013 as a result of an overdose. On September 30, Governor Tom Corbett signed the laws.
“David’s in heaven smiling down on us at what a good thing we did. It was a joint effort with the community and our family. We’re just ecstatic that this went through and it’s going to save lives.”
David’s Law will allow police officers to administer naloxone to a person who is overdosing. The law in Pennsylvania prohibited unauthorized people, including police officers to administer prescription drugs until now.
Senator Dominic Pileggi said:
“I think you all should know this isn’t a natural evolution. It is a shift in the approach of law enforcement toward illegal drugs and illegal use of prescription drugs, from prosecution to saving lives. I commend District Attorney Whelan for saving lives first and moving the law enforcement community along with him here in Delaware County.”
Jack Whelan said that thanks to Pileggi’s support, the Massi family, Rep. Joe Hackett, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo and the local law enforcement they were able to add in the legislation the new law that will reduce fatal overdoses.