BOISE -- The Health and Welfare Committee in the Idaho House voted Wednesday to introduce a bill aimed at making it easier to get drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose.
Supporters of the fledgling bill say it will save lives if friends and family member of addicts are allowed to keep the "opioid antagonists" on hand for emergencies.
Many of these types of drugs are currently only available with a prescription. Paramedics typically take the medications with them to emergency calls.
One of these types of drugs, Narcan, reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. Officials with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy say it helps an overdose victim breathe normally for about 20 minutes - long enough for emergency responders to arrive.
The bill will now officially go before the Health and Welfare Committee for consideration. If lawmakers push it forward again, it will go before the entire House for a vote.