New Jersey supporters of the Overdose Prevention Campaign

Legislators, medical professionals, professors and others voice their support for Good Samaritan laws.

Why do we need a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey? Are drug overdose deaths preventable? Who supports overdose prevention legislation?  These questions and more are answered in this fact sheet below.

In New Jersey, overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. Almost 6,000 people have died from drug overdoses in New Jersey since 2004. More than 700 people died from drug overdoses in New Jersey in 2009 alone. Opioids were involved in more than 75 percent of drug overdose deaths in New Jersey in 2009. The five counties with the highest numbers of drug overdose deaths are Camden, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean.

To remove barriers to calling 911 and encourage people to seek emergency medical assistance for overdoses, states are enacting Good Samaritan laws which provide limited legal protections for those who call 911.

Hundreds of New Jersey residents die each year from drug overdoses. These deaths are preventable. It is time to take action.

Learn about naloxone, a low-cost, non-narcotic drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

This fact sheet explains how 911 Good Samaritan laws can save lives. These laws protect people from arrest and prosecution for drug possession when they call 911 to report an overdose.

It's time to reform California's sentencing laws. Californians are fed up with misguided policies that have packed our prisons & jails, drained our state budget and led to one of the highest rates of recidivism in the country.

California continues to fight a battle it cannot win. Every year, more and more people are arrested for marijuana possession. That enforcement disproportionately targets young people of color, especially African Americans. If California spent only a fraction of what it currently spends on marijuana arrests and prosecutions on drug treatment and education, we would be well on our way to a responsible marijuana policy.

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