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SB 982 SD1, HD1 (GOOD SAMARITAN POLICIES; MEDICAL AMNESTY)
Establishes limited immunity for individuals who seek medical assistance for themselves or others experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose. (SB982 HD1) CHUN OAKLAND, BAKER, GALUTERIA, KIDANI, RUDERMAN, SHIMABUKURO, Keith-Agaran, L. Thielen
CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT (CAP testimony here)
- Overdose deaths are preventable. The majority of drug-related overdoses occur in the presence of others and there is usually time to intervene by calling 911, performing CPR, or with an opiate blocker such as Naloxone.
- The most common reason cited for not calling 911 for help during an overdose is fear of police involvement. Witnesses fear being arrested for possession or contributing to the overdose, so instead of calling 911, people may try dangerous methods to revive the victim.
- Laws have been enacted in 17 states and adopted as policies by 240 colleges and universities.
- Hawaii has the 34th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 10.9 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities, according to a new report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic.
- The number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – in Hawaii increased by 68 percent since 1999 when the rate was 6.5 per 100,000. Nationally, rates have doubled in 29 states since 1999, quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more.
- From 2005-2012, drug poisoning/overdose was leading cause of fatal injuries in Hawai`i surpassing falls, motor vehicle, drowning and other injury-related deaths
This bill would NOT protect people from prosecution for other offenses such as drug trafficking. It would, however, provide amnesty from prosecution to people who call 911 by prioritizing the saving lives over arrests for drug possession.
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