Bloomberg Law
Aug. 24, 2020, 8:26 PM

New York Allows Businesses to Administer Opioid Overdose Drug

Keshia Clukey
Keshia Clukey

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation allowing businesses including restaurants, malls, bars, beauty parlors, theaters, hotels, and retail establishments to administer opioid overdose reversal medication.

The measure (S.8259/A.7812A) expands the number of entities allowed to possess, distribute, and administer the medication, and provides them additional protections in an effort to encourage the possession and use of opioid antagonists, according to a news release.

  • The legislation takes effect immediately.
  • Under current legislation, known as the Good Samaritan law, entities such as schools and public libraries are able to administer the opioid overdose reversal medication.
  • “This expansion ...