Overview of new law: Qualified first responders and training; Liability & Immunities; Good Samaritan Laws; Criminal Penalties & Defense
Overview of AZ HB 2489: Combatting Heroin Overdoses
A bill we have been following closely, AZ HB 2489 was passed on April 10, 2015. The expected effective date is July 3, 2015. Arizona now joins 26 other US states that have passed similar legislation.
First responder’s administration of opiate reversal injections, have been credited with saving over 10,000 lives in the USA where overdoses were reversed.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC), accidental overdose is now the number one cause of death in the USA, exceeding even automobile accidents for people among the age of 25 and 64.
Earlier this year, the CDC reported that heroin overdose deaths nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2013. An increasing number of Arizona residents have been overdosing on heroin and opiate-based painkillers like Codeine. Arizona is now the sixth-highest state for heroin overdose fatalities.