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Gov. Brown signs bill to let pharmacists distribute overdose antidote
Southern California Public Radio

California is joining five other states in allowing residents to access the overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law on Monday.

Naloxone is regularly used in emergency rooms to restore breathing in people who overdose on opiates such as oxycodone and heroin. Until now it has only been available in California through a doctor’s prescription or from one of a handful of naloxone distribution programs.