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General Assembly



February Session, 2008

LCO No. 4829



Offered by:


SEN. HANDLEY, 4th Dist.

SEN. MCDONALD, 27th Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 687

File No. 438

Cal. No. 266

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 17a-714a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2008):

A licensed health care professional who is permitted by law to prescribe an opioid antagonist may, if acting with reasonable care, prescribe, dispense or administer an opioid antagonist to a [drug user in need of such intervention] person in need of intervention as treatment for, or prevention of, a drug overdose without being liable for damages [to such person] in a civil action or subject to criminal prosecution for prescribing, dispensing or administering such opioid antagonist or for any subsequent use of such opioid antagonist. For purposes of this section, "opioid antagonist" means naloxone hydrochloride or any other similarly acting and equally safe drug approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of drug overdose. The limitation of liability provided in this section shall not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross, wilful or wanton negligence."