Good Samaritan Law
Effective January 1, 2013, California Good Samaritan Law goes into effect. This law encourages
people to call 911 during an overdose by providing limited immunity for low-level drug violations.
California is the 10th state to pass such a law. Other states include New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.
California’s major cause of death is drug overdose. The 911 Law will allow those overdosing from drugs or alcohol to place a call (or have one placed for them) without fear of arrest or prosecution. Many lives are lost annually due to the fact that no call was place. This does not condone bad behavior, it is in place merely to save lives.
This was a big win for the thousands of parents who lost their children due to the fact that no one made that call.
Click here to view the law.