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Advocates begin training on opiate overdose drug


EDINA, Minn. (AP) --  Advocates of a new law that gives first responders and others access to a drug that can stop an opiate overdose have started training people on how to administer it.

Lawmakers passed a new immunity law this year to encourage people to call for help if a friend or family member is experiencing a drug overdose. The law also allows first responders and others to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.

Steve Rummler of Hope Foundation is working on implementing the law.

On Wednesday, a group of people who lost loved ones to opiate overdoses gathered at in Edina to learn how to administer naloxone. They hope the drug will help prevent overdose deaths in the future.