ORS 689.681
Opiate overdose

  • treatments
  • administration of naloxone
  • rules


As used in this section:


“Kit” means a dose of naloxone and the necessary medical supplies to administer the naloxone.


“Opiate” means a narcotic drug that contains:




Any chemical derivative of opium; or


Any synthetic or semisynthetic drug with opium-like effects.


“Opiate overdose” means a medical condition that causes depressed consciousness and mental functioning, decreased movement, depressed respiratory function and the impairment of the vital functions as a result of ingesting opiates in an amount larger than can be physically tolerated.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a pharmacy, a health care professional or a pharmacist with prescription and dispensing privileges or any other person designated by the State Board of Pharmacy by rule may distribute and administer naloxone and distribute the necessary medical supplies to administer the naloxone. The pharmacy, health care professional or pharmacist may also distribute multiple kits to social service agencies under ORS 689.684 (Administration of naloxone by certain persons) or to other persons who work with individuals who have experienced an opiate overdose. The social services agencies or other persons may redistribute the kits to individuals likely to experience an opiate overdose or to family members of the individuals.


A person acting in good faith, if the act does not constitute wanton misconduct, is immune from civil liability for any act or omission of an act committed during the course of distributing and administering naloxone and distributing the necessary medical supplies to administer the naloxone under this section. [2013 c.340 §2; 2016 c.100 §2; 2017 c.683 §1; 2019 c.470 §8]


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Mar. 11, 2023