Section 4731.94 | Authority to supply naloxone.
(A) As used in this section, "physician" means an individual authorized under this chapter to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery.
(B) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or rule adopted by the state medical board, a physician may personally furnish a supply of naloxone, or issue a prescription for naloxone, without having examined the individual to whom it may be administered if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The naloxone supply is furnished to, or the prescription is issued to and in the name of, a family member, friend, or other individual in a position to assist an individual who there is reason to believe is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.
(2) The physician instructs the individual receiving the naloxone supply or prescription to summon emergency services either immediately before or immediately after administering the naloxone to an individual apparently experiencing an opioid-related overdose.
(3) The naloxone is personally furnished or prescribed in such a manner that it may be administered by only either of the following routes:
(a) Using a device manufactured for the intranasal administration of liquid drugs;
(b) Using an autoinjector in a manufactured dosage form.
(C) A physician who under division (B) of this section in good faith furnishes a supply of naloxone or issues a prescription for naloxone is not liable for or subject to any of the following for any action or omission of the individual to whom the naloxone is furnished or the prescription is issued: damages in any civil action, prosecution in any criminal proceeding, or professional disciplinary action.
Available Versions of this Section
- March 11, 2014 – House Bill 170 - 130th General Assembly [ View March 11, 2014 Version ]
- July 16, 2015 – Amended by House Bill 4 - 131st General Assembly [ View July 16, 2015 Version ]
- April 6, 2017 – Amended by Senate Bill 319 - 131st General Assembly [ View April 6, 2017 Version ]
- September 23, 2022 – Amended by House Bill 193 - 134th General Assembly [ View September 23, 2022 Version ]