Andrew Cuomo Signs Good Samaritan Law

Submission Date: July 25, 2011
Source: The Partnership at

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law designed to reduce preventable overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 if they witness a drug overdose, without fear of being arrested for drug possession.

The Good Samaritan 911 law seeks to address research that finds a majority of people who witness a drug overdose are hesitant to call 911 because they fear being arrested for drug possession, The Huffington Post reports. The article notes that in 2007, more than 27,000 people nationwide died from accidental overdoses. In many states including New York, the number of accidental overdose deaths outnumbers automobile-related deaths.

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