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SB 406 - Overdose Intervention Drugs "Aaron's Law"

The full bill and more information can be found here.

Summary:

Allows specified health care professionals with prescriptive authority to dispense or write a prescription for an overdose intervention drug without examining the individual to whom it may be administered if specified conditions are met.  Allows for an individual who is a person at risk, a family member, friend, or other individual in a position to assist another individual who, there is reason to believe, is at risk of experiencing an opioid -related overdose, to obtain and administer an overdose intervention drug if certain conditions are met.  Requires a pharmacy that fills a prescription for an overdose intervention drug to report certain information to the INSPECT program.  Includes naloxone to be reported to the INSPECT program.  Requires certain ambulances and emergency medical services vehicles to be equipped with an overdose intervention drug.  Provides for civil and criminal immunity.

Relevance for Pharmacists:

This bill is intended to expand access to life -saving opioid overdose intervention drugs (i.e. naloxone).  This bill requires certain emergency personnel to report to the State Department of Health the number of times an overdose intervention medication is administered.  Also allows certain health care professionals prescriptive authority to dispense, write a prescription, or prepare a standing order for an overdose intervention drug.  Also, provides for civil immunity for an individual who obtains and administers an overdose intervention drug if certain conditions are met. 

In 2016, SB 187 was passed and signed by Governor Mike Pence further expanding naloxone access through a statewide standing order.  This standing order was issued by State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams M.D., M.P.H.

Effective Date: July 1st, 2015