Congratulations to our drug reform allies in New York for passing the nation’s fourth 911 Good Samaritan Law. The law aims to save lives by encouraging people to call for emergency services when they witness overdoses. New York becomes the largest state to enact such a much-needed measure.
The ACLU-WA was heavily involved in securing the passage of a similar law in Washington state in 2010. These laws provide limited criminal immunity for individuals who seek medical help during overdose situations. To learn more about Washington’s law, visit www.stopoverdose.org.