Too many people have died and continue to die because of drug overdoses. Many could have been saved if someone had called 911.
The biggest barrier to calling 911 in an overdose situation is the fear of arrest and prosecution for possession of drugs.
Now, only 46% of people would call 911 in the event of a drug overdose because of their fears of prosecution (Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, 2012).
In BC, nearly 200 young people died in a 5-year span because of delays in seeking medical help in a drug overdose situation.
In 2015, British Columbia recorded a total of 465 illicit drug overdose deaths (Globe and Mail, 2016).
In Ontario, fentanyl overdose deaths climbed 28% in 2014 to 173 with all opioid overdoses totaling 663 (Globe and Mail, 2016).
88 per cent of opiate users in Washington State, which passed a similar law in 2010, said they are more likely to call 911 because of their Good Samaritan Law (Kitchener Waterloo Record, 2012).
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