On August 13, 2018, our team published an update on the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Laws dataset, available at the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System (pdaps.org). This update captured Good Samaritan Drug Overdose laws effective through July 1, 2018. There has been a lot of changes since our last update in December 2016: as of July 1, 2018, 46 states have a Good Samaritan drug overdose law, up from 37 states on December 1, 2016.
Eight states (Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and South Dakota) added a new Good Samaritan Drug Overdose law for the first time, while Michigan expanded its law to apply to adults over the age of 21 and now provides immunity from prosecution for controlled substance possession offenses. While most of these new laws followed the similar pattern of existing Good Samaritan laws, Iowa broke from the mold and offered procedural protections in exchange for seekinRead More →