Yingling Files Bill to Help Prevent Heroin Overdoses

02/26/2015

State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, filed HB 2940 this week to expand Good Samaritan protections for first responders and health care providers who administer Naloxone to patients suffering from opiate overdoses.

“I wanted to take a proactive step to help prevent some of the problems stemming from the heroin problem that is growing in Lake County,” Yingling said. “This bill is one of many steps I will be taking as a legislator to mitigate the harm this terrible drug can cause to our communities.”

As a freshman legislator, Yingling chaired the Youth Adult Use Heroin Task Force, which researched the heroin problem with a focus on the damage it causes to children and teenagers. The bipartisan task force worked together to find solutions to the various problems that heroin and other opiates are causing to younger people in Illinois. One of the valuable tools in preventing opiate overdoses is Naloxone, an antidote that, when administered, can prevent a heroin overdose from leading to death.

HB 2940 amends the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act and the Good Samaritan Act. It provides that a health care professional who is acting in good faith and administers Naloxone will not be liable for civil damages arising from the emergency situation. Additionally, any law enforcement officer, fireman, EMT, or other first responder will receive the same immunity when administering Naloxone.

“We need to take action to help prevent some of the most tragic consequences of this drug in our area,” Yingling said. “Our health care professionals and first responders should have no reason to worry for their own livelihood when administering Naloxone.”

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.

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