Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality: Naloxone Access and Overdose Good Samaritan Laws

“Opioid overdose is typically reversible through the timely administration of the drug naloxone and the provision of emergency care. However, access to naloxone and other emergency treatment is often limited by laws and that pre-date the overdose epidemic. In an attempt to reverse this unprecedented increase in preventable overdose deaths, a number of states have recently amended those laws to increase access to emergency care and treatment for opiate overdose.”

The Network for Public Health Law has published an update on access to naloxone by state and Good Samaritan laws.

http://www.networkforphl.org/_asset/qz5pvn/network-naloxone-10-4.pdf

Source: Network for Public Health Law – May, 2013

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