PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill designed to make the overdose reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription.
The legislation is designed to allow family members or friends to counteract an opiate overdose more quickly than emergency responders, in what is seen as a life or death situation.
In his veto message the governor says that naloxone, also known as Narcan, does not truly save lives, it merely extends them until the next overdose.
Democratic state Sen. Cathy Breen, the bill's lead Senate co-sponsor, says that's just not correct.