Good Samaritan Act

Did you know that since 2017, the Good Samaritan Act provides immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 911 in the case of an overdose?

Opioid overdoses are claiming the lives of thousands of Canadians of all ages, and from all walks of life. The impact of the opioid crisis continues to be devastating to individuals, families and communities. Many of these deaths are preventable if medical attention is received quickly, but evidence shows that witnesses to an overdose often do not call 911 for fear of police involvement. We are sharing this information and will be providing posters to community partners to promote awareness as well as encourage action by people who are witnessing an overdose so they can seek help, and ultimately, save lives.

One opioid overdoes is too many. You can save a life. Drug overdoses can happen with others around. If you experience or witness an overdose call 911. The good Samaritan drug overdose act. Essex County Police Agencies want to reduce the fear of police attending overdose events and to promote Protection of Life. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help. The act can protect you from: Charges for possession of a controlled substance under section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Breach of conditions regarding simple possession of controlled substances. The act does not provide legal protection against more serious offences, such as: outstanding warrants, production and trafficking of controlled substances, and all other crimes not outlined within the law. Logos of Lasalle Police, Windsor Police, OPP, Windsor Essex Community Opioid Strategy.

 

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