Lawmakers split on decision to raise age to buy 'naloxone'


    There are changes coming to who can buy "naloxone" over the counter. (WGME)

    AUGUSTA (WGME) – There are changes coming to who can buy "naloxone" over the counter.

    Thursday morning the Maine Pharmacy Board voted to raise the age of who naloxone or Narcan could be dispensed to over the counter from 18 to 21.

    Lawmakers approved making naloxone available over the counter without a prescription in April of 2016.

    Thursday the pharmacy board compromised with Governor Paul LePage, whose office said Thursday that he wanted the age to purchase naloxone to be raised to 21, because last year they passed legislation raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21.

    Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released a statement Thursday writing that addiction knows no age.

    CBS 13 spoke with Republican Representative Karen Vachon and she says this rule doesn't make sense.

    "There are some concerns that this would cause somebody who has substance use disorder to wanna have a needle in one arm and Naloxone in the other, and I see it very, very differently and I believe that people are suffering," Vachon said.

    No word yet on when exactly this rule will take effect.

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