Accidental drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be prevented if the patient received medical care in a timely manner. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids supports policies like Good Samaritan laws which encourage people to call 911 when someone is overdosing. Currently 35 states and the District of Colombia have such laws. We encourage every state to enact legislation which provides limited legal immunity for minor drug law violations for those who call for help as well as the person who is overdosing.

There are currently 35 states plus DC with Good Samaritan Overdose Laws. If your state has not yet adopted this life saving policy (see list below), you can send the following suggested letter to your Governor urging the state to do so.

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Wyoming Wisconsin

Suggested Letter

Dear Governor _____:

Accidental drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be prevented if the patient received medical care in a timely manner. Good Samaritan laws, which encourage people to call 911 when someone is overdosing, help to ensure that there is not an unnecessary delay in getting medical attention for the patient. Currently 35 states and the District of Colombia have such laws. I encourage you to fight for this law in our state to provide limited legal immunity for minor drug law violations for those who call for help as well as the person who is overdosing. Good Samaritan laws will save lives and prevent countless families from the heartache of losing a loved one.

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