Ga. Citizens Ask for Overdose Reporting Law

| December 23, 2013

white pills oxy ATLANTA, GA – Residents in metro Atlanta are asking state lawmakers to pass legislation protecting drug users that call for help during an overdose.

The group is lead by parents and friends of people who have overdosed, and died, due to not calling when the user overdosed because of the fear of being arrested. A couple from Gwinnett County lost their son in a heroin overdose in 2012 because his friends were afraid to take him to the hospital because they were scared of being prosecuted.

The residents are pushing for Georgia to enact a version of the Good Samaritan 911 Bill. This bill protects those in need of medical attention during an overdose from prosecution. Several states have already enacted versions of the legislation.

Source: Access North Ga.

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  1. Laurie Fugitt says:

    We need a 911 Good Samaritan and Naloxone
    Access Law passed in Georgia this year. Calling 911
    for medical assistance for a drug or alcohol overdose
    should never be a crime. And Narcan, a life-saving drug to reverse respiratory depression, should be easily available to all who need it. Support this effort! Contact your legislator and let them know you want Georgia to pass the 911 Good Sam Law in the 2014 session!

  2. Ben Consuegra says:

    Good Samaritan laws make so much sense that to be against them is to be against logic. Why would we allow people to die needlessly? Friends of people that have overdosed are terrified to call an ambulance or take their friend to the hospital for fear that they will get arrested, and they are right; they will get arrested. The only reason someone would be against Good Samaritan laws is because they, for some reason, feel that they are morally superior to addicts, and addicts/overdose victims deserve to suffer for the indiscretions.

    • Theresa Williams says:

      Well said. My son died of an oxycodone overdose after having exhibited symptoms around 11pm. He was found dead at 7:30am by his little girl. I have always wondered if his wife helped him. I am thinking not since she has since revealed to me that using oxy was his “choice”. To which I say he didn’t choose to have cancer. The moral superiority you speak of extends to not only those in our community but sometimes our own family members as well. Therefore I protect my son by not disclosing that he died of overdose. I could not bear him being judged. P.S. He was being prescribed oxy by pain management. Go figure.

  3. Jeremy Sharp says:

    Georgia’s drug endemic has left many deceased young persons in its wake. The 911 Good Samaritan laws will save life’s. my good fried passed 4 years ago because the kids he was partying with didnt want to get into trouble. We need this law to contain shields that will protect people in the event of a drug overdose. Opioid od’s now top car accidents as one of the largest killers of Americans in our contemporary society. Please get the word out to help save life’s

  4. Jeremy G says:

    My best friend died from a drug overdose. He was with people when he overdosed and, rather than take him to the hospital or call 911 and risk going to jail, they dumped him in his mom’s yard. He was found a couple days later. Drug abuse and overdose impacts Georgians from small towns, to the suburbs, to the inner city. Good Samaritan legislation has saved lives in other states and we have an opportunity to save lives here in Georgia. Let’s not pass up the opportunity. If these laws had been on the books a few years ago, my friend, and many more like him. would most likely still be alive.

  5. Stella Z says:

    I have also had friends die from overdoses. Many overdoses can be reversed if caught in time. There is a huge stigma with drugs that there isn’t with alcohol. The Stigma & criminalization stops people for seeking help if someones is in trouble. Bad Laws impede the recovery process and rip through many communities. If people are afraid to call a ambulance for free of arrest people will die. But we can change this and literally save lives. Other states in the South Have a 911 Good Samaritan Law that protects the people who call for an ambulance and protects the person ODing. It’s a law of amnesty/protection from being arrested when calling an ambulance or going to the hospital. 38,329 people OD’ed (and died) in the US in 2011 and many of them were in GA too. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) All people deserve second chances. Come on, Georgia Lets Get a law like this here. and here’s a link to more info via the International Overdose Awareness day.