SB 297 | 30th Legislature, First Regular Session (1971)
An Act authorizing automatic consent for certain minors for treatment for use of a dangerous drug or narcotic
Role of Senator O'Connor: Co-sponsor
Signed into law: April 9, 1971
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Senate Bill 297 AN ACT
RELATING TO TRADE AND COMMERCE; AUTHORIZING AUTOMATIC CONSENT FOR CERTAIN MINORS FOR TREATMENT FOR USE OF A DANGEROUS DRUG OR NARCOTIC, AND AMENDING TITLE 44, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 3, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 44-133.01.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of this act is to provide that a minor twelve years of age or older who is found under the influence of a dangerous drug or narcotic may be regarded as having given consent to hospital and medical care without requiring consent of parent or guardian.
Sec. 2. Title 44, chapter 1, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 44-133.01, to read:
New Sec. 44-133.01. CAPACITY OF MINOR TO CONSENT TO TREATMENT FOR USE OF A DANGEROUS DRUG OR NARCOTIC; REPORT NECESSARY;PAYMENT FOR TREATMENT
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ANY MINOR TWELVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER WHO IS FOUND, UPON DIAGNOSIS OF A LICENSED PHYSICIAN, TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A DANGEROUS DRUG OR NARCOTIC, WHICH INCLUDES WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS, MAY BE CONSIDERED AN EMERGENCY CASE AND SUCH MINOR IS TO BE REGARDED AS HAYING CONSENTED TO HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL CARE NEEDED FOR TREATMENT FOR SUCH. SUCH CONSENT SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DISAFFIRMANCE BECAUSE OF MINORITY. THE CONSENT OF THE PARENT, PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF SUCH MINOR IS NOT NECESSARY TO AUTHORIZE HOS PIT AL OR MEDICAL CARE, EXCEPT THAT SUCH CONSENT SHALL BE EQUALLY VALID IF OBTAINED.
Approved by the Governor April 9, I 971
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