AUGUSTA – The Maine State Senate voted Wednesday to overturn Governor LePage’s veto of a bill that would allow over-the-counter sales of Narcan, an opioid antidote that can save a person who is overdosing.
The House is expected to take up the issue today. One senator states the unanimous vote should send a strong message to the governor.
“This is a medicine, a very good medicine. It’s cheap and it saves lives and we need to save people’s lives,” Senator Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor, and Hermon said. “People are very. People are very valuable. You know people change people get better and this is a disease you can get over.”
Gratwick said the opioid overdose epidemic, which killed hundreds of Mainers last year, is a public health epidemic. He added Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, should be easily available to anybody who wants it.
He added that he was very pleased with the Senate’s vote to override LePage’s veto.