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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

35 P.S. 780-113.8(f)

Summary Title

Liability: Administration of Naloxone

Summary

An individual, law enforcement agency, or fire department who, in good faith, administers naloxone to an individual reasonably believed to be suffering an opioid related drug overdose will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. This section also prohibits professional review based on their conduct.

Full Title

Drug overdose medication

Full Text

(f) (1) A person, law enforcement agency, fire department or fire company under subsection (b)(2) or (c) who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, administers naloxone to another person whom the person believes to be suffering an opioid-related drug overdose: (i) Shall be immune from criminal prosecution, sanction under any professional licensing statute and civil liability for such act. (ii) Shall not be subject to professional review for such act. (iii) Shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions resulting from such act. (2) Receipt of training and instructional materials that meet the criteria of subsection (a) and the prompt seeking of additional medical assistance shall create a rebuttable presumption that the person acted with reasonable care in administering naloxone.