A Good Samaritan law encouraging people to seek emergency medical assistance for drug overdoses by providing limited legal protections for those who seek such help. Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. The majority of overdose victims do not actually die until one to three hours after they have initially taken a drug, and most of these deaths occur in the presence of others. Although most overdoses occur in the presence of others, fear of arrest and prosecution prevents many people from calling 911. As a result, medical assistance is summoned in only half of all overdose situations. If these barriers were removed, countless lives could be saved.
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