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Gov. Beshear pushes for anti-drug measures in final State of the Commonwealth speech

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Governor Beshear wants new laws to protect those who call 911 to report heroin overdoses.

He talked about Kentucky's growing heroin problem in his State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday.

"We need legislation now that expands access to drugs that immediately reverses the effects of overdoses; that protects law enforcement and health care workers from needle sticks; that expands access to treatment that enhances penalties for major traffickers and that protects users from minor drug charges when they call 911 to help an overdose victim," Beshear said.

A bill with many of those elements could be taken up in the full state senate as early as tomorrow.

Beshear also lobbied for a statewide smoking ban, requirements for more children to use booster seats and the local option tax amendment pushed by Louisville leaders.

It was his last State of the Commonwealth speech. The governor's term expires in December.

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