Two AMCNO-supported Bills Head to the Governor for Signature

A bill supported by the AMCNO that would allow for additional CPR training in schools is heading to Gov. John Kasich for signature. HB 113 would mandate all high school students in Ohio to receive training in hands-only CPR as part of the school curriculum. However, one of the amendments added to the bill prior to passage would push back the implementation of the CPR training in schools to 2017. To view more information on HB 113, click here. 

Another bill supported by the AMCNO and awaiting the Governor’s signature is HB 110 – a Good Samaritan bill that has had the AMCNO’s support since its introduction. This bill would increase penalties for fleeing the scene of a deadly accident, but since the Good Samaritan Law was amended into the bill, it also contains language about granting immunity to those seeking medical help for an emergency resulting from an overdose.

HB 110 will:

  • Require emergency medical service personnel to report the administration of naloxone on request of a law enforcement agency in specified circumstances and for specified purposes.
  • Provide immunity from arrest, charging, prosecution, conviction, and penalization for a minor drug possession offense to a person who seeks medical help for a drug overdose being experienced by that person or another, or who is the subject of another person seeking or obtaining medical assistance for a drug overdose, if all of the following apply:
    • The evidence of the violation came from seeking medical help.
    • Within 30 days after seeking or obtaining the medical assistance, the person seeks and obtains a screening and receives a referral for treatment from a community addiction services provider or a credentialed addiction treatment professional.
    • The person who obtains the screening and receives the referral submits documentation to any prosecuting attorney, upon request, that verifies that the person satisfied those requirements (the documentation is limited to the date and time of the screening obtained and the referral received).
  • Limit the availability of imprisonment as a penalty for a violation of a felony community control sanction resulting from seeking or obtaining medical help for an overdose in a situation as described above.
  • Require a court or parole board to first consider drug treatment or mitigation of the penalty for violation of a community or post-release control sanction resulting from seeking or obtaining medical help for an overdose in a situation as described above. 
  • Require that the basic training course for "emergency service telecommunicators" include instructional or training units in informing individuals who call about an apparent drug overdose about the bill's immunity from prosecution for a minor drug possession offense.

There are several exceptions to the immunity:

  • A person who is under a community or post-release control sanction 
  • A person who twice previously has been granted immunity under the provisions.

The immunity provisions do not compel any protected individual to disclose protected health information in a way that conflicts with the requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or specified federal regulations. 

The AMCNO joined several other statewide medical associations in supporting the bill, although we did have some issues with the immunity exceptions.  However, since the bill does provide for the ability of individuals to get help in a medical emergency resulting from an overdose, we believe lives will be saved.  

To view more information on HB 110, click here.  

The Pollen Line is now closed. See you in the spring!

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