“U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal has introduced bipartisan legislation into the House of Representatives that would exempt from civil liability the administration of opioid overdose-reversing drugs, like naloxone, on an emergency basis, by people who prescribe or are prescribed them.
“Prescription drug and heroin overdoses have reached epidemic proportions in the United States,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a release. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) is among the co-sponsors of a companion bill in the Senate, along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).”
“In the past 10 years, opioid prescriptions have doubled. Every day, 120 people overdose on illegal drugs and prescription painkillers. Drugs like naloxone provide the means to counteract the effects of opioid overdoses,” Neal said. “This is a life-saving treatment, but many are deterred from providing these medications for fear of litigation. This bipartisan legislation hopes to correct that resistance immediately.”
Source: MassLive.com – April 17, 2015