Overdose Abatement

In the fight against substance use disorder, it is imperative to help save the lives of individuals who have experienced an overdoses so that they can live and seek recovery. In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory urging individuals who are personally at risk for an opioid overdose, the family and friends of such individuals, and any individuals who may encounter those experiencing opioid overdose, to keep doses of naloxone on hand at all times.

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January 2019
The 2019 National Drug Control Strategy from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that establishes the national initiatives and priorities to combat illicit drug use and treat people suffering from substance use disorders.
September 2018
A model law to reduce opioid overdose deaths that makes naloxone universally available to first responders and the general public. The act also ensures comprehensive financial support for naloxone.
May 2016
Good Samaritan and Naloxone Bill Status Report – Carryover 2016 and Special Sessions
March 2016
50 state compilation table of state Good Samaritan laws that specifically address assisting another person during an opioid-related overdose. The state laws listed in the endnotes denote the jurisdictions’ general “Good Samaritan” statutes that encourage a person to assist another person during any emergency and in a voluntary capacity but do not specifically mention an overdose.
March 2016
50 state compilation of Naloxone Access Statutes. This table is a compilation of state laws that mention, by name, prescribing or administering naloxone or another opioid antagonist. The table does not include general “Good Samaritan” statutes that encourage a person to assist another person during any emergency and in a voluntary capacity.
September 2015
Maps of 1) prescriber immunity listed in statute, 2) third-party prescriptions allowed and 3) training, education or instruction required for naloxone possessor as State laws pertain to naloxone access.


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