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Unintentional drug overdose is now considered to be a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Overdose bystanders may not call for medical assistance for fear of being arrested for drug-related crimes. In response, some states have enacted "Good Samaritan" laws that create immunities or other legal protections for people who call for help in the event of an overdose.
To explore these laws use the query box below. This page has been updated through November 2013.
PHLR-funded research:Preliminary findings: Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law
Network for Public Health Law: Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality: Naloxone Access and Overdose Good Samaritan Laws
Corey Davis, JD MSPH