Sheppard announces opiod legislation

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Photographed is State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance with governor Gretchen Whitmer holding an enrolled copy of new House Bill 4367 that deals with opioid overdoses.

By Joyce Ervin

State Representative, Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) office announced HB 4367 became Public Act 39 in June 2019.  The bill allows certain government agencies and organizations, including public libraries and their employees to keep and administer life-saving opioid antagonists in good faith without fear of prosecution or civil liability.
Sheppard’s office stated that drug overdoses in libraries are a growing problem.  Multiple libraries-including branches in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Muskegon and Kalamazoo – have reported opioid overdoses in recent years.
Milan Public Library director, Susan Wess, said she had heard of the legislation but had not received any official communication regarding offering the service.  Should the Milan facility be included in the future, she thought training would be necessary to comply with the administering of antagonists.
Further, she said, we are located right near the police and fire departments and at this time our reaction would be to seek their professional help should an emergency result.

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