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Paramedic Angie Schlake has saved dozens of people this year using the miracle drug Narcan

March 28, 2014
by Andrea L. Chaffin
Chaffin/Wilmington News Journal

Supporters say the opportunity to save potentially thousands of lives outweighs any fears by critics that the promise of a nearby antidote would only encourage drug abuse.

At least 17 states and the District of Columbia allow naloxone to be distributed to the public, said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, a national nonprofit that focuses on preventive health care.

Among them is New Jersey, which passed a law last year that allows members of the public to carry nasal-administered naloxone after getting training.

In Ohio, the drug is only available to authorized personnel.

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