Unintentional drug overdose is now considered to be a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Administering naloxone hydrochloride (“naloxone”) can reverse an opioid overdose and prevent these unintentional deaths. This dataset focuses on state laws that provide civil or criminal immunity to licensed healthcare providers or lay responders for opioid antagonist administration.
This is a longitudinal dataset, displaying laws from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2014. To explore the variation in these laws click the "Start here" button below.
PHLR-funded research: "How can public health law support intervention in drug overdoses?"
Network for Public Health Law: "Fact Sheet: Naloxone Access and Overdose Good Samaritan Laws"
FDA Press Release: FDA approves new hand-held auto-injector to reverse opioid overdose