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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 22, 2018 02:42 PM
From: Representative Kristin Hill
To: All House members
Subject: Permit EMS Provider to leave dose of Naloxone with caregiver of Patient who Overdosed
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will amend the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Act to permanently permit Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to leave a dose package of life-saving naloxone with the on-scene caregiver of a patient who overdosed on opioids and was revived by the EMS, providing a standing prescription has been issued by the Department of Health.

In far too many cases when a drug abuser overdoses on opioids and is revived by EMS, the person refuses transport to a medical treatment center. Shortly after the EMS departs the revived person desperately seeks out and obtains opioids, putting the person at higher risk for a subsequent overdose. To prevent the death of the person during this critical time period, it may be prudent to leave a dose package of naloxone with a family member or friend who is caring for the drug abuser.

The Governor issued a statewide disaster declaration for a public health emergency in January 2018, and amended a current Standing Order by the Physician General to permit the leaving of naloxone at the scene of treatment. However, the declaration is only temporary. My legislation ensconces this capability into law, adds specific protections for EMS providers, and addresses EMS provider billing and recording requirements. This legislation is needed now because we understand our state’s opioid crisis will continue for many years.

Key components of this legislation include there must be a standing order by the Department of Health allowing for the purchase of naloxone by the public, and a determination by the EMS provider at the scene that it is appropriate to dispense a dose-package of naloxone to a family member, friend or another person who is in a position to assist. The EMS provider is under no obligation to leave a package of naloxone behind with a family member or friend. Further, the EMS provider shall not incur any liability for not stocking the naloxone left behind or not dispensing the naloxone to a family member, friend or other individual.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation which will ensure our EMS providers will continue to have the option to leave behind this life-saving drug with a caregiver. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Curley at mcurley@pahousegop.com.



Introduced as HB2558