COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 170 Friday night which will allow friends and family members of heroin addicts and first responders to carry the heroin antidote naloxone.
Naloxone is an opiate blocker that reverses the effects of a heroine overdose in seconds.
According to Christina Delos Reyes, Program Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, people were opposed to the bill because they feared it would condone heroine abuse.
Reyes argues that the bill will help save lives and that two thirds of users who overdose seek treatment.
The House passed the bill in October; Governor Kasich now has until March 1st to sign it into law.