Naloxone/Aarons Law

Naloxone/Aarons Law

The Facts about Senate Bill 406 “Aaron’s Law”

What is naloxone?
Naloxone, sometimes referred to by its trade name, Narcan, is an opioid overdose intervention drug that has been used for more than 40 years. Despite its long history as a highly effective intervention in opioid-related overdose emergencies, most of the general public have never heard of naloxone and don’t have a clear understanding of the role this “miracle drug” can and should play in reducing the rate of opioid overdose death.

Is naloxone safe?
Naloxone has absolutely no effect on a person who has not taken opiates

Naloxone is not a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse (it can’t get you high, but it can reverse a high, making it not a lot of fun for the drug user whose life has just been saved).

Naloxone is safe, effective, and easy to administer. Many health organizations, law enforcement agencies, and government agencies such as the US Department of Justice, the American Medical Association, the Council of Mayors, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have called for states to pass legislation making naloxone widely available to laypersons, first responders, and interested agencies widespread availability of naloxone to lay (non-medical) persons. 
 
If naloxone is so harmless, why is only available by prescription?
Frustratingly, the FDA has declared that it does not have the ability to change the prescription-only status of naloxone absent a petition from one of the drug’s manufacturers or a citizen petition (which appears to be infeasible), even though there is no medical basis supporting Narcan’s restricted status.

How could SB 406 “Aaron’s Law” help Hoosier families?
“Aaron’s law” allows “third parties” such as parents, family members, or friends of persons at risk for overdose get a prescription for naloxone. Unfortunately, the senate version was passed with a requirement that naloxone prescriptions be tracked through the prescription drug monitoring program known as INSPECT. This requirement forces parents to submit to providing their personal information to a database that tracks prescription drug abusers and bad doctors and is closely associated with law enforcement objectives, making it less likely that worried families will reach out to prescribers for help and ask for prescriptions to naloxone. WE ARE AGAINST THE INSPECT MANDATE AND IT MUST BE REMOVED!

Second, the senate version of “Aaron’s law” does not have CRITICAL language allowing agencies to start overdose prevention programs like those in the states surrounding Indiana and SB 406 must be amended to include language allowing for agencies to have naloxone prescriptions through “standing order” protocols such as those used by first responders.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?
First: Call or write an email to Senator Merritt’s office and thank him for this important legislation! Senator Merritt’s number is: 317-232-9400, email: Senator.Merritt@iga.in.gov

Example: Hi, my name is ________________ and I am calling to thank Senator Merritt for “Aaron’s Law” and his continuing work with the house of representatives to improve this important legislation and give us our best chance to save lives with naloxone! I support Senator Merritt in removing the INSPECT mandate and adding “standing orders” language so that agencies can work with our communities to develop overdose prevention and education programs in our state. We stand with Senator Merritt and we are ready to fight for this bill!

Next: Call or email EACH, but ESPECIALLY JUD MCMILLIN of the House representatives who are working on this bill.  All reps can be found in the dropdown menu here: http://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/forms/contact-your-representative/

Rep. Jud McMillin: 317-234-9380
Chairman Ed Clere: 317-232-9753
Rep. Steve Davisson: 317-232-9753

Let them know you want them to amend this bill NOW, before any more lives are lost because naloxone was out of reach!

Example: Hi, my name is ____________________ and I am calling in support of SB 406, “Aaron’s Law” and to thank Rep. ____________, for his important work on this legislation. As someone who has been affected by this epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin use, I know how crucial it is for every family and community to have naloxone made available to us. Please amend SB 406 to include “standing orders” language so that agencies can bring overdose prevention and education programs to our communities, and remove the stigmatizing and dangerous INSPECT amendment. We also ask that this legislation be passed without conditions to this bill that unnecessarily limit access or reinforce stigmatizing and damaging prejudices against families whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. We are not asking for anything more than a chance to save our kids, a chance that the federal government has taken from us because of senseless restrictions. We ask that our legislators trust us to know what is best for our families and do not repeat the mistakes made in Washington by adding, rather than removing the regulations that stand in our way.

Finally: Get out the word! Get on Facebook, call your legislators, write an editorial, talk to your friends and neighbors, and don’t stop talking until we save Sen. Merritt’s bill and get back our best chance at reducing the number of overdose deaths in our state this year! Call your representatives in your home districts, too! You can find their contact info. here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/



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