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Canada just adopted a law protecting people who report drug overdoses

A friend of mine passed away because the people she was with didn't report her overdose...even though she was across the street from a hospital. I'm in full support of this.

May 4, 2017: The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act received royal assent on Thursday, meaning it now the law of the land. Health Minister Jane Philpott told reporters after the final vote that it’s a “good news day” because drug users will now be able to dial 911 without fear of prosecution. “The difference between life and death may be that 911 phone call.”

Why was it proposed?

One of the main reasons why people don’t call 911 when someone overdoses is a fear that they will be prosecuted in some way. Bill C-224 seeks to curb that fear by providing amnesty to those making the call.

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