Georgia Legislature and Governor Deal: Please enact 911 Good Samaritan Laws to prevent needless overdose deaths.

Georgia Legislature and Governor Deal: Please enact 911 Good Samaritan Laws to prevent needless overdose deaths.

    1. Jeremy Galloway
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Galloway

      Atlanta, GA

Drug overdose has overtaken automobile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Although most overdoses occur in the presence of others, fear of arrest and prosecution prevents many people from calling 911.

A 911 Good Samaritan law would protect those seeking medical assistance during an overdose from criminal prosecution for drug possession (this would not include drug trafficking or distribution).

Similar laws that provide full or partial immunity for overdose witnesses and victims who call 911 have been proposed or enacted in 20 other states, where they are already saving lives. In fact, 88% of drug users indicate they would be more likely to call 911 if such laws exist in their state.

Almost all opiate-related overdoses can be reversed and naloxone, the antidote used in most of these cases, is 98% effective when administered in time. Good Samaritan laws make it much more likely that overdose victims can receive such assistance and will save lives in Georgia. Easier access to naloxone ensures that victims of overdose will be less likely to die or suffer long-term effects such as brain or tissue damage as a result of an accidental overdose.

Our friends, family, loved ones, and neighbors are dying from the nation's drug epidemic. Good Samaritan laws cost nothing to implement, but the cost of not having them is enormous.

No one should ever have to choose between saving a life or going to jail. Calling 911 should never be a crime. Help us save the lives of Georgians today.

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    • Rachel Padgett AIKEN, SC
      • about 1 month ago

      For Chad... Rest in Peace G!

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    • Amanda Boston ATLANTA, GA
      • 3 months ago

      This is a dumb question as I always said that there is no such thing as a dumb question only dumb answers. Now after reading this I am so offended as I have lost my best friend, my husband and 7 of my closest friends to injection of Heroin and Cocaine. Not to mention the nearly 40 times I personally have performed resuscitation. Also, I personally have overdosed 10 times. Meaning turned blue. Please wake up and do something about this!!! It breaks my heart. Thank you!!!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      My Ex-tenant takes and sells drugs, and he is a pimp and dangerous man and stalker! We must stop these monsters which are getting rich with the tears and destroyed lives of others!

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    • Jackie Anderson SUWANEE, GA
      • 4 months ago

      My brother died of an overdose and so many others I know have died as well. The increase of deaths by overdose has just been ridiculous! Something needs to help or stop this!

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    • Mary Grayson DUNWOODY, GA
      • 4 months ago

      I have too many dead friends from overdoses.

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