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Naloxone

Amanda Reese with a naloxone kit. Reese works at Missoula’s Open Aid Alliance, which operates a needle exchange and other health services.
Edward O'Brien

A lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses is now more widely available in Montana. State health officials today highlighted that, thanks to a new law that went into effect in October.

The law, passed this spring with unanimous support, makes it possible for nearly anyone to get a prescription for the medication, called naloxone. That includes friends and family members of a person at risk of overdose, first responders, and other organizations like needle exchanges.

Mike Albans

Across the country, and in Montana, more and more people are having the kind of terrifying experience that Michael McNamara did.

“I was shooting up in a bathroom in Seattle. At a theater. Everything turned black. There was no white light. There was no friends or family waiting for you. I basically died. I overdosed on heroin.”