What are Good Samaritan Laws and how do they work?

If someone has overdosed, always call 911! Fentanyl can make breathing slow and then stop. Medically, this is called “respiratory arrest” and is a life-threatening emergency. You need to call 911 to save a life – even if you have naloxone.

Worried about calling 911? Since most recreational drug use is illegal in the United States, do you have to choose between saving a life and getting arrested? Thankfully, most states have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect drug users from being arrested for having limited quantities of illicit drugs in their possession.

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