Opioid-overdose laws association with opioid use and overdose mortality.

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Addictive behaviors, ISSN: 1873-6327

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McClellan, Chandler; Lambdin, Barrot H; Ali, Mir M; Mutter, Ryan; Davis, Corey S; Wheeler, Eliza; Pemberton, Michael; Kral, Alex H
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Since the 1990's, governmental and non-governmental organizations have adopted several measures to increase access to the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone. These include the implementation of laws that increase layperson naloxone access and overdose-specific Good Samaritan laws that protect those reporting overdoses from criminal sanction. The association of these legal changes with overdose mortality and non-medical opioid use is unknown. We assess the relationship of (1) naloxone access laws and (2) overdose Good Samaritan laws with opioid-overdose mortality and non-medical opioid use in the United States.