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Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws Map

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. 



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Good Samaritan Law


Protection from Controlled Substance Possession Laws


Protection from Alcohol Related Crimes


Protection from Drug Paraphernalia Laws


Protection from Probation or Parole Violations



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