“But there are legal considerations around actually using it that depend on city and state rules. According to the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System, a database of prescription drug laws operated by Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, in 13 states, including Virginia, Arizona, and Florida, someone who administers the medication to another person does not have guaranteed criminal immunity. “If you want it to be treated like a fire extinguisher, then you’ve got to go to your government officials,” says Tim Epstein, an attorney who has acted as general counsel for dozens of major festivals, including Pitchfork Music Festival, Life Is Beautiful, and Riot Fest. Also according to Epstein, regardless of how proactive local governments might be in advocating for the use of naloxone, promoters and venue staff still need to be wary about administering it, because they’re not insured as medical professionals, and could open their businesses up to a lawsuit if something goes wrong.”
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