Governor Chris Christie signed a new law last week in New Jersey protecting those who make an emergency 911 call related to drug overdose. When drug users or witnesses call to report a drug overdose, they are protected from prosecution or incarceration which will in turn encourage more individuals to seek help. Christie acknowledged that drug abuse and addiction is a disease, and emphasized the importance of saving lives over issuing criminal charges. The law also gives overdose victims a right to take a drug overdose anecdote, such as Narcan for heroin, without facing the possibility of an arrest or legal charges.
With the passing of this law, New Jersey became the 12th state in the country to issue good Samaritan protection to those who report overdoses, and the 11th state to provide legal protection t those same individuals. Jon Bon Jovi joined the governor as he signed the law, hoping that Christie’s actions will draw the attention of other states and encourage them to create similar policies. Bon Jovi’s daughter Stephanie Rose reportedly suffered a drug overdose last year and was hospitalized while attending Hamilton College in New York. She was protected from prosecution after seeking help by New York’s good Samaritan protection law.
Drug addicts often avoid seeking help from law officials or substance abuse counselors for fear of being stigmatized, facing legal charges or worse. A law of this nature is incredibly important for the well being of drug users who are in need of help to regain control of their life. New Jersey, as with other states, is seeing an increase in the number of drug overdoses and deaths in young adults so this new law will hopefully encourage these young drug users to report their overdoses and enter a rehabilitation program without fear of legal action or prosecution.
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