SAVE A LIFEDon’t run, Call 911
SAVE A LIFE
don’t run, call 911
It’s now the law in Illinois. It’s crucial to understand.
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What is the Good Samaritan Law?
What is considered a small amount of drugs?
Are there any drugs that are not covered under this law?
Marijuana is not covered under this law.
If you are in possession of cannabis, this law will not protect you from prosecution.
Who gets the protection from prosecution?
Only the caller and the overdosing person receive protection.
The law does NOT provide immunity to other individuals at the scene or those who sold or delivered the drugs.
Does the law’s immunity apply to an alcohol overdose that involves a minor?
Does the law apply if the person dies from the overdose? YES.
If the caller gave or sold the victim the drugs that led to the overdose, the caller could be charged with Drug-Induced Homicide.
Trying to get medical help may be used in court to shorten a sentence.
Does the immunity apply if I take the overdose victim to an emergency room?
The best way to save a life is to call your fastest, nearest emergency service.
Does the law prevent police officers from arresting a person under investigation on a separate drug charge?
Does the law prevent prosecutors from charging a person with drug-induced homicide?
This law only covers individuals who possess small amounts of drugs. People who deliver, sell or traffic drugs to someone who dies of a drug overdose are not covered under this legislation.
What happens if I call 911 and someone is having an overdose? How do I make sure I don’t get charged?
Know your rights.
It is important to talk to the EMTs about the person’s condition to save their life. Should the police come, it’s important to know your rights.