A bill that would make a life-saving opioid overdose antidote more widely available will become law despite the objections of Gov. Paul LePage.
The House and Senate voted against LePage’s veto of LD 1547, which allows pharmacists to provide Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, to addicts’ families and friends without a doctor’s prescription. LePage said in his veto letter that Narcan doesn’t save lives, and only extends them until the next overdose, which has put the governor under intense pressure in recent days.
The House voted to override LePage’s veto 132-14 and the Senate overrode it 29-5. The bill becomes law in 90 days.