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Good Samaritan Law

The Alabama Legislature signed HB208 into law in 2015 and provided immunity for prescribing and administering an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone. This is commonly known as a “Good Samaritan Law”. https://mh.alabama.gov/understanding-the-opioid-crisis/ In 2016, HB379 was signed into law, providing the State Health Officer or a county health officer the authority to write a standing order for dispensing naloxone. https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/pharmacy/assets/naloxonestandingorder.pdf

Even though naloxone is more readily available, bystanders may not call for help when they witness a possible overdose because they fear being held responsible or accused of related charges. Project FREEDOM works to encourage everyone to learn about Alabama’s Good Samaritan Laws and to be prepared to help accordingly when someone is in need. https://arc-sos.state.al.us/ucp/B15159AA.AR7.pdf