Project DAN and Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law
We continued our series with Medical Association of Georgia this week, talking about Project DAN and Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law. Dallas Gay and Dr. Shonali Saha were my guests.
MAG Foundation ‘Think About It’ campaign Community Chair Dallas Gay and Shonali Saha, M.D. – an adolescent medicine and addiction medicine physician with the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals practice in Smyrna – discussed naloxone and the state’s ‘9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law’ on the ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 8.
Naloxone is an effective, non-addictive prescription medication that reverses the effects of opioid drug overdoses. Under Georgia’s 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law, naloxone can be delivered on an intranasal or intramuscular basis. Physicians in Georgia can prescribe naloxone via a standing order to a person who is at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose. And at their discretion, physicians can prescribe naloxone to pain management clinics, first responders, harm reduction organizations, or family members or friends or other people who are in a position to assist a patient who is at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.
The 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law provides limited immunity for individuals who possess certain drugs and drug paraphernalia when they experience a drug overdose and are in need of medical care, for people who seek medical care for a person who is experiencing a drug overdose, and for certain underage drinking offenses for minors who seek medical care during an alcohol overdose.
Dallas Gay, Co-Chair, “Think About It” Campaign
- Board Member, Northeast Georgia Medical Center
- MBA, Georgia State University
- Member, Drug Free Coalition of Hall County
- Former President, Protein Products, Inc
- Former President, American Proteins, Inc.
Dr. Shonali Saha, MD, Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals
- Doctor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York University
- Residency, Cambridge Health Alliance
- Fellowship, Adolescent and Addiction Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Attending Physician, Ridgeview Institute