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Public health officials say Spokane County appears to be mirroring the state trend for opioid overdoses.

The Washington Department of Health reported Tuesday that 418 people died from overdoses during the first quarter of 2021. That’s up from 378 during the first quarter last year.

Spokane Regional Health District officials say they also suspect that overdoses are increasing in the county, but they cite a different indicator.

Idaho Governor Signs Naloxone Bill

Feb 14, 2019
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Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law a bill that allows any licensed health professional to give the drug naloxone to a person suffering an opioid overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, reverses the effects of an overdose.