Governor signs Queens lawmaker’s bill to co-prescribe overdose antidotes with opioid prescriptions

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Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein that would require the prescription of overdose antidotes alongside opioid prescriptions.

Bill A.336-A and its partner bill S.2966-A, sponsored by Senator Pete Harckham, would require medical professionals to co-prescribe opioid antagonists, like naloxone, with new opioid prescriptions when certain patient risk factors are present. The legislation passed both Houses with bipartisan support in the spring of 2021 and was signed into law on Dec. 29.

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