Re: The Law and First Aid
Ted Sarah (TSarah@AOL.COM)
Sat, 17 Jun 1995 14:11:29 -0400
Mike wrote to us all...
In a message dated 95-06-17 10:30:05 EDT, you write:
>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.
Remember in most states there is a "good samiritan" law, that basically
states that as long as you are trying to help someone you can not be sued.
There is at least one state that I have heard of that you can be arrested
for going passed a traffic accident. You must stop and see if you can help.
Now, dispensing drugs is something all together differant, you can probable
get yourself into real trouble with that one. We carried non-asprin in our
first aid kit and if anyone need it, they were told that it was there.
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