The Law and First Aid
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 16 Jun 1995 22:00:53 -0400
Beware of thinking of the law as something that is only black and white.
As a lawyer, I can tell you its usually pretty gray. In most states it is
illegal to dispense a prescription drug without a proper license.
However, in many states, there are also laws that allow the same to occur
in a life or death situation. Where there isn't a statute, there is
usually some case law where the Court's have found that public policy
should promote saving life. The best bet is for folks to contact their
local Councils to find out what local laws exist and what local policies
have been developed. And in criminal cases, remember that the Judge is
not the fact-finder - its the jury. I don't think many juries would
convict someone who saved or tried to save a life in a remote setting away
from help in an emergency. Although in California anything is possible.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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