PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
54-1733B. opioid antagonists. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any prescriber or pharmacist acting in good faith and exercising reasonable care may prescribe an opioid antagonist to:
(a) A person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose;
(b) A person in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose;
(c) A person who, in the course of his official duties or business, may encounter a person experiencing an opiate-related overdose; or
(d) A person who in the opinion of the prescriber or pharmacist has valid reason to be in the possession of an opioid antagonist.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person acting in good faith and exercising reasonable care may administer an opioid antagonist to another person who appears to be experiencing an opiate-related overdose. As soon as possible, the administering person shall contact emergency medical services.
(3) Any person who prescribes or administers an opioid antagonist pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) of this section shall not be liable in a civil or administrative action or subject to criminal prosecution for such acts.
(4) The department of health and welfare in cooperation with the office of drug policy shall create and maintain an online education program for laypersons and the general public on matters pertaining to opiate-related overdoses, including:
(a) How to recognize symptoms or indications of an opiate-related overdose;
(b) How to store, administer and dispose of an opioid antagonist;
(c) Emergency procedures in the event of an opiate-related overdose; and
(d) Other information deemed pertinent by the department of health and welfare and the office of drug policy.
(5) As used in this section, "opioid antagonist" means naloxone hydrochloride or any other similarly acting and equally safe drug approved by the federal food and drug administration for the treatment of drug overdose.
[54-1733B, added 2015, ch. 88, sec. 4, p. 221.]