Letter: I Don’t Understand

I don’t understand how the Arizona Legislature has passed laws that protect physicians who write prescriptions for Naloxone.

Not only to prescribe it to patients, but to anyone who may be able to help someone in an overdose.

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse an overdose in minutes.

The Legislature passed another Good Samaritan law that protects anyone who gives Naloxone in an overdose, and as of Jan. 1 pharmacists can dispense Naloxone without a prescription.

Yet three times I’ve asked my pain doctor for a prescription for Naloxone. The first two times he said he didn’t want to prescribe it, why, I have no idea.

The third time I asked he said “I can’t prescribe it.”

With overdoses such a problem why wouldn’t any physician who prescribes opioids be willing to possibly save a patient’s life? I don’t understand.

Jay Fleming

Dolan Springs