SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will expand use of a treatment to restore breathing after a drug overdose.

A drug known as naloxone is used in hospitals and by paramedics to revive individuals who may have overdosed on a prescription or illegal drug. The new law also will allow other health care providers to prescribe the drug.

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Bill author and Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says enacting AB635 will save lives. There were more than 2,700 drug overdose deaths in California in 2010, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.

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Brown announced signing the bill Thursday. It was sponsored by the Harm Reduction Coalition, which works to reduce consequences to drug use, and the California Society of Addiction Medicine.

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