Support Medical Amnesty in Ohio: Calling for Help Should Not be a Crime

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In 2014, Ohio had the second-highest number of drug overdose deaths nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those deaths were due to overdoses from heroin and prescription pain relievers.

Some of these deaths could have been avoided if Ohio had Medical Amnesty Policy, also known as 911 Good Samaritan Policies. These life-saving measures ensure that someone who is facing a drug related emergency, like an overdose, immediately calls 911 for help by shielding them from punishment if they call. With emergencies relating to alcohol or other drugs, every moment counts, but there is often hesitation or reluctance in calling for medical assistance due to the threat of arrest.

Saving a life is more important than arresting someone for a minor drug crime. And allowing people to call for help without the involvement of law enforcement is an easy step to make sure. Medical Amnesty Policies encourage people to get help — but we can’t help people with drug problems if they die from an overdose.

Please sign this petition and ask Ohio lawmakers to support a medical amnesty bill that will help prevent the people of Ohio from being criminalized when trying to save a life by calling for help.



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