Lucido: Bills combating opioid overdoses signed at ceremony

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido was the governor’s guest at a ceremonial bill signing on Wednesday for legislation he and colleagues sponsored to allow trained employees of additional state and local government agencies to administer drugs that treat opioid overdoses.

“Opioid abuse and addiction continue to plague our society, and while we continue to fight to gain control of this crisis, it is important that more people are armed with the ability to help those who may be overdosing,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township, who sponsored Senate Bill 283. “Hopefully these new laws will help save lives and help give people a chance at a brighter future.”

The four-bill package, in addition to expanding who may administer the drug, also requires individuals to be trained in how to administer it, while protecting the employees from civil liability if injuries or damages result from administration of the drug under certain circumstances.

SBs 200, 282 and 283, and House Bill 4367 were signed into law on June 27. They are now Public Acts 36, 37, 38, and 39, respectively.

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Photo caption: Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, and retired 41B District Court Judge Linda Davis look on as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation allowing trained employees of additional state and local government agencies to administer drugs that treat opioid overdoses. Davis currently serves as the executive director of Families Against Narcotics, a nonprofit, anti-drug organization she co-founded 11 years ago in Macomb County.