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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

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The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act became law on May 4, 2017. The hope is that the act will reduce the fear of being charged if a person calls the police in the event of an overdose, encouraging people to save lives.

It can protect people who may be in breach of parole, pre-trial release, probation orders, possession and conditional sentences.  The act applies to anyone seeking emergency support services because of an overdose whether they stay or leave.

An overdose often happens when there are other people around. Staying with the person experiencing the overdose could very wells save their life. If you believe that someone is overdosing call 911 immediately. Provide first aid, including CPR if necessary. Carry naloxone to use if you think someone is overdosing.

Nalaxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose.

You can get information about Nalaxone kits and where to get one free at:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free