Life saving overdose drug could soon be sold over the counter

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JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) - A life saving drug for those suffering a drug overdose may soon be hitting the shelves for anyone to use.

Right now first responders are the only ones allowed to carry Narcan, but the Missouri Senate  passed a bill that would let anyone buy over the counter at a local pharmacy.

Around 2 pm Jennings police officers got a call about a male passed out in the driver`s seat of a running vehicle right next to Jennings High School.

When officers arrived they saw drugs inside the car and administered Narcan.

It saved the man’s life and he was transported to the hospital.

The senate unanimously passed the bill to allow third party’s over the counter access to Narcan.

Chad Sabora who runs an outreach center says this is will save countless lives.

Sabora says he knows some people think Narcan encourages drug use or makes addicts use more, but really that is not the case.

Sabora suggests anyone who knows someone or themselves to have Narcan on hand at all times.

The Missouri House had passed a version of the bill, and with the senate’s vote, the bills will go to a conference committee to resolve language between the bills.  Once that’s done the will go back to the senate and house for final passage.

Sabora is confident a bill will be passed before the end of the session.