Did you know that in September 2015, a new law went into effect in NH called the “Good Samaritan Law,” which provides immunity to anyone seeking medical assistance to save the life of an overdose victim? Many addicts are afraid to call 911 if their friend is overdosing because they think they will get in trouble for being involved with drugs (whether it’s using or selling them). All too many times in the past if someone was overdosing, the people around them would drop them off somewhere or put them outside and leave them or just plain run from the situation without calling for help because they were afraid of getting arrested themselves and sadly, the overdose victim would die. This new law is trying to prevent that from happening, because the opioid crisis has now become one of the most pressing public health challenges facing our state.
Calling for and getting medical help to an overdose victim as quickly as possible so they can administer Narcan will usually save the victim and hopefully help to get them into a treatment program. This is an important step forward, but we need to get the word out to as many addicts as possible. Please do your part to learn more and spread the word — it just may save some lives!
Posted by: Angela Whiting, North Hampton, NH.