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Senate Amends Opioid Antagonist Bill after Veto


Members of the Senate amended Senate Bill 335 Thursday after it was returned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Tomblin vetoed the bill citing technical deficiencies.

The Opioid Antagonist bill allows emergency responders, medical professionals and friends and family to administer drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose, possibly saving a person’s life. 

The bill was introduced on behalf of the governor, who wrote in his veto message a fully supported the bill, but the technical clean up was necessary to make the law sound. 

Senators Thursday passed the governor’s suggested amendments and approved the bill 34-0.