A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE LIMITED IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION FOR (1) CERTAIN DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES COMMITTED BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SEEKS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR A PERSON EXPERIENCING A DRUG-RELATED OVERDOSE AND (2) CERTAIN DRUG -RELATED OFFENSES COMMITTED BY AN INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCING A DRUG-RELATED OVERDOSE AND IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE; TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL OR CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR (1) PRACTITIONERS WHO PRESCRIBE AN OPIOID ANTAGONIST TO CERTAIN THIRD PARTIES AND (2) CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO ADMINISTER AN OPIOID ANTAGONIST TO A PERSON EXPERIENCING A DRUG-RELATED OVERDOSE; AND TO PROVIDE LIMITED IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION FOR CERTAIN ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSES COMMITTED BY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WHO SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ANOTHER PERSON.
Enacts new GS 90-96.2 to state that a person who seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose, as defined, will not be prosecuted for the listed violations if the evidence for prosecution was obtained due to seeking medical assistance. Also prohibits prosecution of a person experiencing an overdose who needs medical assistance, as specified. Enacts new GS 90-106.2 to provide immunity to practitioners who prescribe or distribute an opioid antagonist(which is used to treat a drug overdose), as defined, to certain persons, and to recipients who administer the opioid antagonist to another. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013.
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