Overdose Prevention Act (Good Samaritan Law)

On May 2, 2013, Governor Christie officially signed into law the Overdose Prevention Act which applies to those who seek medical help for themselves or someone else experiencing a drug overdose. Taking a two-pronged approach to preventing drug overdoses, the law will also provide civil, criminal and professional immunity to health care professionals who prescribe or administer any FDA-approved treatment for drug overdoses. Lay people who administer antidotes in an emergency will also be protected.

No immunity will exist for drug traffickers and protections were removed for people with restraining orders against them and those facing forfeiture of assets.

New Jersey will become the 12th state to provide Good Samaritan protections and the 11th to shield those who administer antidotes.

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