This week, Pennsylvania State Representative Gene DiGirolamo introduced simple, yet inclusive, 911 Good Samaritan Policy legislation in the state legislature. HB 1627 would amend The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to provide immunity for both the victim of an overdose, and the caller who places a call to 911 for medical assistance.
Call 911 Good Samaritan Policies (also known as Medical Amnesty Policies) are life-saving measures that enable people to make responsible decisions by shielding them from punishment when they call for medical help during an emergency relating to alcohol or other drugs. Since the threat of punitive policies can often cause hesitation during confusing and stressful party situations, the existence of a Call 911 Good Samaritan Policy is essential to ensuring that people are able to stay alive and receive help when they are in trouble.
Please take action and support this sensible amendment to The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by contacting your state representative asking them to support this bill.
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