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Link passes measure aimed to save lives by stopping heroin overdoses

link-narcanSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed legislation out of the Illinois Senate today that would protect law enforcement officers from lawsuits who administer an antidote to individuals who may, otherwise, die of heroine overdoses.

“My plan makes sure that police officers and firefighters who, in good faith, administer the pharmaceutical Narcan to someone whose life is in jeopardy are not liable for civil damages,” Link said. “Good Samaritans who help victims of heroin overdoses should feel confident that their actions do not put them in financial danger.”

As part of its comprehensive strategy, the Illinois Senate is working on other measures that will increase the accessibility of Narcan (Naloxone hydrochloride) in emergencies. Narcan is able to stop the effects of heroin in someone’s brain and can potentially save the person’s life.

This legislation (Senate Bill 1810) passed the Senate unopposed and was referred for consideration to the House of Representatives.

Sen. Terry Link

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30th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1997 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy; Executive; Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions (Vice Chairperson); Gaming; Insurance.

Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>