Ober: Bill to arm more officers with overdose medication could soon be law

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted today in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) providing legal immunity to probation officers and community corrections officers who carry and administer overdose intervention drugs.

According to Ober, opioid and heroin abuse are prevalent throughout Indiana and communities have been hit with waves of overdose incidents, with many ending in death. Overdose intervention drugs provide first responders and family members with an easy to use, life-saving tool.

“Probation officers and community corrections officers often make in-home visits and encounter people in distress,” Ober said. “With their ability to carry and administer these intervention drugs, these officers will be better able to save lives across our state without legal repercussions.”

Probation and community correction officers would also receive training on administering these drugs before doing so in the field. To help collect more accurate data on the opioid epidemic, these officers, law enforcement and all first responders would report each administration of an overdose intervention drug to their local emergency ambulance service. This data would then be forwarded to the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission, which helps track when and where overdose incidents are occurring.

This enrolled act now advances to the governor for consideration. For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 13, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

A high-resolution photo of Ober can be downloaded by clicking here.