Save a Life: Overdose Prevention Billboards
Organized by: Julie Ruddy
"Don't Let a Friend Die. Call 911." Tennessee Overdose Prevention , is on a mission to prevent another death due to an overdose. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness that a drug overdose can be prevented by calling 911 and the administration of Naloxone, an opiate antidote. In order to do this, we aim to create billboards to be seen along East Tennessee interstates and highways that draw attention to this issue. By doing so we hope to educate the public and save lives. We would like to raise funds to finance as many billboards as possible accross our region. In 2014, Tennessee became the 18th state to pass what has become known as a "Good Samaritan" civil immunity law. This law has four main protections: 1. Grants immunity from civil suit to providers who prescribe Naloxone to a patient, family member, friend or other person who may need to administer this medication. 2. Allows the Department of Health to provide training and instruction on how to use Naloxone. 3. Requires basic instruction on how to give Naloxone. 4. Grants a "Good Samaritan" civil immunity for administering the medicine to someone they believe is overdosing on an opioid. The Tennesse State Legislature took another step in July of 2015 and passed the "Addiction Treatment Act of 2015 ," which states that a person seeking medical assistance for someone who is experiencing an overdose does not need to fear arrest or prosecution of themselves or the victim. "No one else has to die because of an overdose"