Wexton also introduced two bills aimed at the ongoing opioid and addiction epidemic.
One would allow organizations authorized to conduct training on using naloxone, a drug used to opioid overdose emergencies, to also distribute naloxone to its trainees, provided that it falls under a standing order from a prescriber and complies with protocols established by the Board of Pharmacy, the Board of Medicine and the Department of Health. The organization would not be allowed to charge for the naloxone.
The bill, she said, will help get naloxone into the hands of people who might be able to intervene in an emergency.
She also introduced SB 1086, which would require social services departments to determine whether the mother of a child who was exposed to a controlled substance in utero sought substance abuse counseling or treatment prior to the child’s birth.
Wexton said rather than put a burden on mothers who have had substance abuse problems, it is meant to make help available to them. She said the bill “allows CPS to monitor and provide services to substance-exposed infants and their mothers, whether they previously sought treatment or not.” Before, she said, if a mother sought treatment before giving birth, Child Protective Services would have to close that case.
“As a result we have had an uptick in newborns that have died,” Wexton said.
Both bills passed the Senate unanimously and have been referred to the House Committeee on Health, Welfare and Institutions.