Tag: good samaritan

10
Dec

Victory! University of South Florida Passes System-Wide 911 Good Samaritan Policy

The University of South Florida (USF) recently passed a Medical Amnesty/911 Good Samaritan Policy, which protects people from prosecution for simple possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia when calling for medical help during a drug-related emergency. The policy, enacted roughly one year after the state of Florida’s statewide 911 Good Samaritan Law took effect, was announced by Dean of Students Michael Freeman on

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11
Dec

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray Signs 911 Good Samaritan Act

On Friday, December 7, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012 (#B19-754). The legislation provides limited legal protection for those who witness or experience a drug overdose and summon medical assistance. The legislation now goes before the United States Congress for review, as required by federal law. A coalition comprised

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28
Aug

Organize a "die-in" at your school this Friday on International Overdose Awareness Day

Demonstrations on college campuses can be a powerful way to draw attention to an issue. This Friday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, and we think it’s an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in a direct action during the first weeks of school. We’ve put together some resources to help you make this happen. 1) Choose a

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19
Apr

911 Good Samaritan Legislation Introduced in Washington, DC

A bill that would provide immunity from legal repercussions for minor drug offenses when calling for emergency aid during an overdose was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday. Council members Phil Mendelson and Tommy Wells are sponsors of the legislation.   Currently titled the “Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012,” Bill B19-0754 would

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7
Feb

Governor Quinn Signs Good Samaritan Bill into Illinois State Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, IL – Yesterday, February 6th, Governor Quinn signed SB 1701 (known better as the Good Samaritan Policy or Overdose Immunity Bill), which has been on his desk since December 16th, marking the first time any policy of this sort has passed into law in Illinois.  In layman’s terms, it establishes extended rights for drug offenders calling on behalf

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28
Oct

Illinois House passes life-saving overdose prevention bill

Yesterday, October 27, 2011, the Illinois House passed SB 1701, the Emergency Medical Services Access Act to Save Lives, more commonly known as a Good Samaritan policy.  After unanimously passing in the Senate in April of this year with a 57-0 vote, this is a long awaited victory in the state.  With Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Washington, Utah,

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4
Oct

Chapter Leader of the Week

Earlier this week, I got the chance to catch up with Jimmy Stanley, from the SSDP chapter at Eastern Illinois University. The EIU chapter is new, and just became officially recognized by their university administration last week. However, that isn’t to say they haven’t been busy. In their first week as an official chapter, EIU SSDP launched a Good Samaritan

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21
Jul

New York state overdose prevention bill becomes law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 21, 2011 Contact:  Evan Nison, President, Ithaca College SSDP, 607-216-8096 Stacia Cosner, Associate Director, SSDP National, 410-299-3433 Albany, NY – Yesterday, July 20th, Governor Cuomo signed into law a statewide 911 Good Samaritan Policy. The purpose of the law is to encourage a witness or victim of an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency to call 911 to

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