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Unintentional drug overdose is 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 July 1, 2016.

Related Resources

Public Health Law Research Knowledge Asset: Naloxone for Community Opioid Overdose Reversal

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  

Subject Matter Expert

Corey Davis, JD MSPH

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Four states passed laws expanding access to naloxone in 2016. 

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