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Jul 8, 2015 4:19 PM

'Good Samaritan' law grants immunity to people seeking drug overdose help


CONCORD - A new law, commonly referred to as the "good Samaritan law," went into effect Wednesday allowing anyone who seeks medical assistance for drug overdose victims to be protected from arrest or conviction.

By granting immunity, emergency responders are hoping to encourage people who witness a heroin or opioid overdose to call for help.

In a press release, Senator Sharon Carson said, "The intent of this law is to save the lives of overdose victims and this legislation takes another step toward addressing the heroin and opioid crisis that has affected communities across the state."


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