COs could administer life-saving drugs like law enforcement under House bill

Among the many issues that MCO advocates on, none is more important than correctional officers being recognized for their work as professionals. House Bill 5849, which MCO has prioritized and supports, would add local and state corrections officers to the definition of “peace officer” for the purposes of carrying and administering life-saving drugs such as opioid antagonists.

This letter, from bill sponsor and State Representative Patrick Greene, illustrates the importance of correctional officers within the criminal justice system and our vital role as first responders in prisons. We applaud Rep. Green for requesting a committee hearing on this issue and will keep members informed as we know more.