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Baltimore officials to make opioid antidote easily available

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, demonstrates administering a dose of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone on her assistant, Katherine Warren.  (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, demonstrates administering a dose of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone on her assistant, Katherine Warren.
 (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will sign a new standing order making an antidote that reverses the effects of opioids available over the counter.

Wen will sign the order on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Fibus Drug Store.

The order will make the medication, called naloxone, readily available to residents. Previously, a training session was required to receive a naloxone prescription.

The bipartisan law making the medicine easily accessible is known as the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort, and goes into effect Thursday.