Missouri law officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians could administer an antidote for drug overdoses under legislation on the governor's desk.
The bill would let trained responders use naloxone to treat people who overdose on narcotics or opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers.
Several states already equip law enforcement officials with naloxone. Legislators approved the Missouri bill without dissent and sent it to Gov. Jay Nixon before ending their annual session May 16.