Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act

Our advocacy efforts have paid off!! The New Jersey Assembly passed the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act on May 23, 2012. The bill passed 67 - 8 (with 4 abstensions). A date has not been scheduled yet for the bill to be heard in the New Jersey Senate.

The Good Samaritan Act provides immunity if medical assistance is sought due to prescription or illegal drug overdoses. Typically, it takes 1 - 3 hours for an overdose to become fatal; calling 911 immediately could save many lives. Up to 5 people can receive immunity if they stay with the person in need of medical help once 911 has been called.

Amnesty is not given if drug distribution is involved.

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