Know Your State's 911 Good Samaritan Law
Today, most states have 911 Good Samaritan laws. These laws provide legal protection for people who call 911 during an overdose.
911 Good Samaritan laws vary from state to state. For example, some states protect the 911 caller from arrest or prosecution, while others consider the 911 call a mitigating factor during sentencing. Some states require police cooperation or drug treatment as a condition of immunity. (Source: DrugPolicy.org)
Use the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System's map to learn about your state's 911 Good Samaritan law.
What to Do If You Witness an Overdose
1. Call 911.
Tell them exactly where you are.
Tell them someone is unresponsive.
When the paramedics arrive, tell them what you know.
2. If you have naloxone, use it. Even if the person starts breathing normally, they still need medical help.