§ 3001G Administration of naloxone by peace officers and the Community-Based Naloxone Access Program.
(a) A peace officer is authorized to receive, carry, and administer the drug naloxone if the peace officer has completed a Department-approved training course.
(b) A peace officer who, acting in good faith and after completing a Department-approved training course, administers the drug naloxone to an individual whom the officer reasonably believes to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose shall not be liable for damages for injuries or death sustained to the individual in connection with administering the drug, unless it is established that such injuries or death were caused wilfully, wantonly or by gross negligence on the part of the peace officer who administered the drug.
(c) Nothing in this chapter mandates that any law-enforcement agency require its peace officers to carry or administer naloxone.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the purchase, acquisition, possession or use of naloxone pursuant to this section shall not constitute the unlawful practice of a profession or violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act [§ 4701 et seq. of this title].
(e) DHSS shall create written and uniform treatment and care plans for emergency and critical patients statewide that constitute the standing orders for the administration of naloxone by peace officers and participants in the Community-Based Naloxone Access Program. The treatment protocol for naloxone administration under this chapter must be approved and signed by the State EMS Medical Director, or the Medical Director or the Director of the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services. Doctors prescribing naloxone who, acting in good faith, directly or by standing order, prescribe or dispense the drug naloxone to a person who completes an approved-training program who, in the judgment of the health-care provider, is capable of administering the drug for an emergency opioid overdose, shall not be subject to disciplinary or other adverse action under any professional licensing statute, criminal liability, or liable for damages for injuries or death sustained to the individual in connection with administering the drug, unless it is established that such injuries or death were caused wilfully, wantonly, or by gross negligence on the part of the doctors who signed the standing order and protocol.
(f) DHSS is authorized to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the Peace Officer and Community-Based Naloxone Access Programs.
(g) Pharmacists who dispense naloxone under this section must do so in good faith and with reasonable care. Unless it is established that the pharmacist caused injuries or death as a result of unreasonable care, wilfully, wantonly, or by gross negligence, a pharmacist is not subject to any of the following as a result of dispensing naloxone:
(1) Disciplinary or other adverse action under the professional licensing laws of this State.
(2) Criminal liability.
(3) Liability for damages for injuries or death.