Dispensing Naloxone in Potential Overdose Situations=Common Sense

House Bill 1764 would allow paramedics and emergency medical services personnel to dispense naloxone to individuals that they believe to be at risk for an immediate overdose or would be in a position to respond to someone experiencing an overdose. It also would protect paramedics that dispense naloxone in good faith from cause of action.

MACo submitted written testimony in support of HB 1764 to the House Health and Government Operations Committee on March 20, 2018.

From MACo Testimony:

HB 1764 provides paramedics with an additional tool to combat the crisis. It would allow paramedics to dispense naloxone kits in non-emergency environments in accordance with the Overdose Response Program (ORP) and subject to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) board oversight.

The protections offered within the bill are necessary and not unprecedented. As the state continues to grapple with the opioid crisis, immunities have been put into place to ensure that those who are dispensing naloxone − and are acting dutifully, responsibly, and in good faith − are not open to litigious or disciplinary action for dispensing medication as allowed by law.

As part of the continued effort to address opioid overdose deaths, paramedics should be authorized to dispense naloxone to individuals they believe to be at risk for overdosing or in a position to help someone assumed to be overdosing and they should be properly protected for doing so.”

For more on this and other legislation, follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2018 legislative session here.

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