Fear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey conducted by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Naloxone is a lifesaving emergency reversal drug for opioid overdose.
Approximately 73 percent of survey respondents said 911 was called after naloxone was administered for an overdose, but 27 percent of respondents indicated 911 was not called, according to Dennis Watson, an associate professor in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and Brad Ray, an assistant professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, both at IUPUI.
Watson and Ray said their research shows that people don’t call 911 because they are afraid of being arrested. (more…)