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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1415        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 907

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Steven A. Tolman

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to reduce opioid overdose deaths..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Steven A. Tolman

 

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

John Hart, Jr.

 

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

William N. Brownsberger

 

Jennifer L. Flanagan

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1415        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 907

By Mr. Tolman, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 907) of Steven A. Tolman, Linda Dorcena Forry, Patricia D. Jehlen, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation to reduce opioid overdoes deaths.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1843 OF 2009-2010.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to reduce opioid overdose deaths..

 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 94C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:

              Section 34A.

              (a)  A person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance pursuant to the provisions of section 34 if the evidence for the charge of possession of a controlled substance was gained as a result of the seeking of medical assistance.

              (b)  A person who experiences a drug related overdose and is in need of medical assistance shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance pursuant to section 34 if the evidence for the charge of possession of a controlled substance was gained as a result of the overdose and the need for medical assistance.

              (c)  The act of seeking medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug related overdose may be used as a mitigating factor in a criminal prosecution pursuant to the Controlled Substance Act.

              (d)  A person acting in good faith may receive a naloxone prescription, possess naloxone, and administer naloxone to an individual appearing to experience an opiate-related overdose.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 94C, section 19, of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after subsection (c) the following subsection:

              (d) Naloxone or other opioid antagonist may lawfully be prescribed and dispensed to a person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose or a family member, friend or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose. For purposes of this chapter and chapter 112, any such prescription shall be regarded as being issued for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice. 

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