Public Act 99-0480, which took effect last September, requires that police and firefighters in Illinois carry a drug called Naloxone, known as an opioid antagonist. These drugs reduce the effects of opioids like heroin and are used as an antidote against herion overdoses. The law was enacted as a response to the growing problem of heroin overdoses in the State. While most government agencies are exempt from this requirement, police, and public and private ambulance services are not. Agencies that must comply with the new law are eligible for grants to pay for training on how to properly utilize and administer the drugs.
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