Many opioid overdose deaths are preventable with the timely administration of naloxone, an FDA-approved opioid overdose reversal medication, and the provision of emergency medical care. In an effort to save lives, states have implemented laws to make it easier for first responders and the general public to obtain naloxone. Additionally, to encourage people to assist an individual who is or may be suffering an overdose, the majority of states also enacted laws which protect laypeople who administer naloxone, in good faith, in an emergency from civil and/or criminal liability.
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