Action Alert: Overdoses in NY

Here in New York, we’ve been hard at work trying to pass an Good Samaritan (or Medical Amnesty) bill that would protect individuals from criminal prosecution when calling 911 in an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency. This life-saving overdose prevention bill passed through the State Assembly last week and now we only have a few days left of the legislative year to get it through the Senate.

It is crucial that we flood Senator Skelos’s office with calls urging his support in the next 24 hours to make sure this life-saving bill becomes a live-saving law next week!

Call Senator Dean Skelos, the New York Senate Majority Leader, at (518) 455-3171 and urge him to consider the following:

– S4454A has been carefully crafted to save lives while not allowing drug dealers to “walk free”

– The Assembly version of this bill will save lives and should pass without amendments

– Senators on both sides of the aisle have already expressed their support for the bill as currently written and no amendments are necessary for it’s passage

Your supportive calls last week on this issue caused Senate Majority Leader Skelos to take notice! It’s looking likely that this bill will pass, but now some are calling for amendments to weaken the bill and we need to make our voices heard.

After you call his office, we’d love to hear how it went, so let us know here. If you don’t live or go to school in New York, than please pass this around to friends! We’ve got to act now and we can’t do it without your help.

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