Legislation and Advocacy

Missouri Legislation:

  • Statute Section 190.255.1, HB 2040, enacted August 28th, 2014.
    Relevant topics covered by this bill:
    – Distribution to first responders
    – First Responder administration immunity
  • House Bill No. 1568. Enacted August 28, 2016.
    Relevant topics covered by this bill:
    – Pharmacy availability (without a prescription)
    – Pharmacist criminal and civil immunity
    – Criminal and civil immunity for any person administering naloxone “in good faith”
    – Immunity from disciplinary action from licensing boards
    – Right to store/dispense for free if acting under a standing order from a health care professional
  • St. Louis City – Board Bill 40
    – A 911 Good Samaritan Law passed in the city of St.Louis providing limited immunity to those who call 911 for someone experiencing an overdose.
    * A statewide Good Samaritan law has not yet passed.

  • Missouri does not currently have a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), though a municipality-level PDMP was created by St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
    – Since March, 2016, six jurisdictions ( Louis City, St. Charles County, Ste. Genevieve County, Jackson County, Kansas City, City of Independence) have adopted legislation to join County’s PDMP. Numerous other jurisdictions across Missouri are currently pursuing or considering legislation as well.
    * For more information, visit: http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/PDMP

For additional information on laws and policies, visit: Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws, Naloxone Overdose Prevention Laws, and Syringe Possession Laws

For state-specific naloxone related legislation and Good Samaritan laws, visit the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System (PSAPS) and the Network for Public Health Law

For more information on prescription drug monitoring programs, visit SAMHSA- Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: An Assessment of the Evidence for Best Practices

For legal assistance and support on overdose prevention and harm reduction, access the Network for Public Health – Drug Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

For more information about how to get informed and get involved: