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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ALM GL ch. 112 12FF

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Opioid Antagonist Administration


An individual who, in good faith, administers or attempts to administer naloxone or another opioid antagonist to a person reasonably believed to be experiencing an opiate related overdose will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with carelessness or recklessness. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Immunity for administering Opioids in an Emergency

Full Text

Any person who, in good faith, attempts to render emergency care by administering naloxone or any other opioid antagonist, as defined in section 19B of chapter 94C, to a person reasonably believed to be experiencing an opiate-related overdose, shall not be liable for acts or omissions resulting from the attempt to render this emergency care; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to acts of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.