Good Samaritan laws

Laws, tailored to the jurisdictions where they exist, that shield health care professionals and citizens who provide emergency medical care in ‘good faith’, when they act to help a person needing medical attention

Good Samaritan laws

Forensic medicine Legislation tailored to each jurisdiction, for health care professionals and citizens who provide emergency medical care in 'good faith', and act to help a person needing medical attention. See Herd mentality.
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Good Samaritan laws, which take their name from a Bible tale of a stranger offering help to an unknown traveler, offer legal protection for those offering assistance to people who are injured or in danger.
There are also the Good Samaritan laws to protect a person from lawsuits when assisting an accident victim.
That hascomprised several components, such as increasedprescription monitoring, increasing access to opioid overdose antagonists and implementing so-called Good Samaritan laws, whichoffer residents immunity from simple possessionchargeswhen they callemergency services for companions who are overdosing.
Many countries in Europe, besides the US, Canada, Australia and China have what they call Good Samaritan laws that encourage people who have the required skills to intervene in emergency situations under stringent provisions.
CERT programs rely on states' good Samaritan laws, which provide basic legal protections for individuals assisting others.
In other states, Good Samaritan laws have reduced opioid overdose deaths by 9 percent to 11 percent.
Action since then has included replacing the Michigan Automated Prescription System, expanding Good Samaritan laws to encourage people to report overdoses without fear of being arrested, increasing the number of prescription drug drop off bins, expanding the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment and implementing innovative recovery programs.
Additionally, The Food Recovery Act, which bolsters Good Samaritan laws shielding retailers that donate foods from liability, has gained support on both sides of the aisle.
Good Samaritan laws in all 50 states, however, provide legal protection for good faith attempts to help, even if such attempts are technically "negligent."
However, challenges prevail in prescribing naloxone, which include wide variations in naloxone legislation and Good Samaritan laws in states, resources needed to train lay people to administer naloxone, and recent increases in the cost of intranasal naloxone.
Unfortunately, nonprofit managers often mistakenly believe that these so-called Good Samaritan laws protect the organization.
Safe Hands, a Dubai-based services company, has launched a campaign along with Fund Advisors to create awareness about the importance of first aid and the need for Good Samaritan laws in the country to reduce public hesitation in helping out during crises.