Tag: medical amnesty

27
Dec

SSDP’s Top 10 Highlights of 2018

Students for Sensible Drug Policy did some amazing things in 2018. Our thoughtful, bright, and impressive young activists made huge strides towards SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and education are prioritized in drug policy. There’s no better time than right now to help us celebrate 20 years and the start of 2019 by making a year-end

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5
May

Georgia Passes Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access Bill!

In Georgia, calling for help in the event of a drug or alcohol overdose is no longer a crime. Late last month, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Georgia’s statewide Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan and Naloxone access bill! This law will be vital in curbing the disturbing overdose trends due to harder drug use in Georgia. In 2010, 686 Georgians passed away due to (preventable)

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7
Jan

Medical Amnesty Bill introduced in Virginia House thanks to VCU SSDP

Written by VCU SSDP co-President Rose Bono Our SSDP chapter has been working on getting a medical amnesty (Good Samaritan) policy passed for several years now. We started locally, asking Virginia Commonwealth University to adopt this sensible policy. Unfortunately, we were told that because our school is under the city’s jurisdiction and the city is under the state’s jurisdiction, VCU

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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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1
Apr

SSDP's 911 Good Samaritan Policy Database Updated

Special thanks to our intern Greg Weeks for researching and compiling this data, as well as writing this blog post. We’ve updated our database of colleges and universities with 911 Good Samaritan (also referred to as medical amnesty) policies! We found and catalogued 186 institutions and 21 states with such policies in place. The full list of schools can be found

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27
Aug

Florida State University Implements 911 Good Samaritan Policy

Our chapter at Florida State University has been working with their administration for years in efforts to implement a 911 Good Samaritan Policy on their campus and their hard work has finally paid off. Florida State University has just announced their new Medical Amnesty Policy, which takes effect this school year.   From Florida State University’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual: Medical Amnesty

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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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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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9
Jun

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

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