Maryland bill “SB 610” was signed into law on May 2, 2013 authorizing the establishment of Overdose Response Programs overseen by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Programs will provide a means of authorizing certain individuals to administer naloxone to an individual experiencing, or believed to be experiencing, an opioid overdose.   The law requires DHMH to develop regulations for the program and specifies requirements for individuals who wish to apply to be certified to receive prescriptions for, possess and administer naloxone. The law authorizes certain healthcare practitioners to prescribe and dispense naloxone to certificate holders and provides that physicians who do so may not be subject to disciplinary action solely for the act of prescribing or dispensing naloxone to the certificate holder.

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