AMCNO Supports House Bill 4

 

Dr. Joan Papp, Project DAWN medical director and AMCNO member, stands with Rep. Robert Sprague after she gave proponent testimony for HB 4 – Overdose Drugs on Feb. 18. Rep. Sprague is a sponsor of the bill.

Today, Dr. Joan Papp gave proponent testimony before the Ohio House for House Bill 4 – Overdose Drugs. Dr. Papp, an AMCNO member and emergency room physician at MetroHealth, is the medical director for Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone), an overdose education and naloxone distribution program that aims to reduce overdose mortality within Cuyahoga County. The program launched March 1, 2013, and has since registered more than 500 participants and documented at last 31 lives saved. It is funded by the MetroHealth System, Ohio Department of Health, and Cuyahoga County Executive's office.

HB 4 was introduced by Representatives Robert Sprague (R-Findley) and Jeff Rezabeck (R-Clayton). The bill would allow a physician to authorize an individual to furnish naloxone pursuant to the physician’s protocol to a person at risk of an opioid-related overdose or to another person in a position to assist that person. It also authorizes a pharmacist or pharmacy intern to dispense naloxone without a prescription to a person at risk of an opioid-related overdose or to another person in a position to assist that person if the drug is dispersed in accordance with a physician’s protocol. To read more about the bill, click here.  

The AMCNO also believes that this measure could save lives and help curb drug overdoses in Ohio. The AMCNO submitted written testimony in support of this bill to the House Health and Aging Committee in February.



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