LANSING, Mich., April 24, 2024 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bills 5077 and 5078 today. Together, these bills increase and promote governmental agencies’ use and distribution of opioid antagonists. After passage of the legislation, state Rep. Carrie A. Rheingans (D-Ann Arbor), member of the House Health Policy Committee, the Health Policy Subcommittee on Behavioral Health and sponsor of HB 5078, issued the following statement:

“With the passage of this legislation, we will clarify state laws to allow governmental agencies to distribute naloxone. Public entities like community mental health agencies and city governments will be able to freely keep doing their part in combating opioid overdose deaths. More naloxone in more hands will simply help us continue to save lives.” 

State Rep. Carrie A. Rheingans speaks to House Bill 5078 on the House Floor at the Capitol in Lansing.