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Maine expands access to drug overdose antidote

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Maine will expand access to a potentially life-saving drug antidote, after a bill became law Tuesday without Governor Paul LePage’s signature. The new law allows family members of addicts to be prescribed naloxone, which blocks the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helps the body take in air. The law also lets police and firefighters administer the drug, commonly known by the brand name Narcan. Supporters hailed it as a common-sense way to save lives in Maine, which like much of the country is grappling with a rise in heroin overdose deaths.

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