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Walker signs heroin antidote distribution bill

(Matthew Rakola/Adapt Pharma, Inc. via AP)

(Matthew Rakola/Adapt Pharma, Inc. via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to make a heroin overdose antidote more readily available.

Under current law, doctors can give health centers, pharmacies and clinics general permission to dispense Narcan without specific prescriptions. But Attorney General Brad Schimel has raised concerns that those provisions don’t trump other statutes requiring prescriptions to include a recipient’s name.

Republican Rep. John Nygren’s bill clarifies that pharmacies can hand out Narcan under a doctor’s standing order.

Walker signed the bill Tuesday morning at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

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