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Fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades, and now claims the lives of more than 36,000 Americans every year. 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 9-1-1” 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 October 2012.
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