News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Wilson
For Immediate Release: February 24, 2021

Alaska Senate Passes Bill to Combat Opioid Overdose

Wilson_stamp.jpgSenator David Wilson   Web Site    Send Email

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed a bill extending access to naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug.

Senate Bill 70 allows the chief medical officer of the Department of Health and Social Services to continue issuing a statewide standing order for the prescription of naloxone.

The chief medical officer currently has this authority; however, this authorization is set to sunset on June 31st, 2021. By removing the sunset date, local and regional overdose response programs, first responders, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and the public will continue to have the ability to directly distribute and access the lifesaving drug.

“This legislation benefits Alaska by saving lives,” said Senator David Wilson, R-Wasilla, chairman of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee and the bill’s sponsor. “This translates to a direct costs savings to emergency services. It gives people who may overdose a greater chance of living and gives them an opportunity to get into treatment. It also goes without saying that this legislation benefits the many friends and family members of people who would die of an overdose without this lifesaving medication.” 

Naloxone is not a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse.

SB 70 passed the Senate by a vote of 18-0 and is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.

###

Media Contact:

Daniel McDonald

Alaska Senate Majority

Daniel.McDonald@akleg.gov

(907) 465-4066

Share this on Twitter Tweet icon-facebook.png Share

News & Videos more >

Senator Mike Shower

Sen. Shower Introduces New Version of Election Security Bill

JUNEAU – Incorporating feedback from Alaskans across the state, Senator Mike Shower, R-Mat-Su Valley, today in the Senate State Affairs Committee unveiled a new version of Senate Bill...  Full Story >>

Senator Josh Revak

Alaska Senate Approves Financial Protection Bill for Veterans

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed legislation to ensure Alaska veterans are fully aware of free Veteran Service Organization (VSO) services they are entitled to....  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Requiring UA to Deliver Accreditation Report

JUNEAU – In the wake of the 2019 loss of accreditation for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Education, the Alaska Senate today unanimously passed a bill requiring the...  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Establishing Middle College Program

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed legislation expanding access to college coursework for public high school students.  Full Story >>

Senator Bert Stedman

Ketchikan NOAA Dock Project to Begin, Contract Awarded

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a contract to revitalize its port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska so that the NOAA Ship Fairweather can finally be...  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Extending Sunset Date for SESA

The Alaska Senate passed Senate Bill 19 unanimously today, extending the Special Education Service Agency’s (SESA) sunset date to June 30, 2029.  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Resolution Urging for UA Federal Land Grant

JUNEAU – A joint resolution that urges for the completion of a federal land grant endowment to the University of Alaska, SJR 8, was passed today by the Alaska Senate....  Full Story >>

Senator Josh Revak

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Merging Oversight of EMS

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed a bill to merge oversight of emergency medical services system (EMS) under a single agency.  Full Story >>

Senator David Wilson

Alaska Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Virtual Shareholder Meetings

The Alaska Legislature today unanimously passed Senate Bill 24, allowing corporate shareholder meetings and nonprofit member meetings to be held electronically....  Full Story >>

Senator David Wilson

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Allowing Virtual Shareholder Meetings

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 24, allowing corporate shareholder meetings and nonprofit member meetings to be held electronically....  Full Story >>

Find your Senator full map