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State investigating reports of nurses denied life insurance for having opioid antidote

Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation into a report that nurses were denied life insurance for carrying the life-saving heroin antidote naloxone.

The medication can revive patients who have suffered an opioid overdose. In recent years, more medical, emergency personnel, and even average citizens have begun carrying the life-saving medication in response to the opioid epidemic.

According to the report from the Times Union, nurses say they were denied life insurance because naloxone appeared on their active medication lists.

Monday, those nurses pushed for legislation that would protect health professionals who carry the medication.

In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Financial Services to investigate the reports from nurses.

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