Promoting the Medical Treatment of Abusers Who Need It
Many drug users – and even witnesses of drug abuse – immediately
hesitate at the sight or experience of a drug overdose. They know medical
attention is required but stumble in making the necessary emergency call
in fear of being criminally prosecuted in the aftermath. Because of this,
thousands of individuals’ lives are lost when prevention could easily
have been attained.
Nevada is making great strides in implementing the Good Samaritan Drug
Overdose Act, an act designed to drop the number of deaths in drug abusers
by eliminating the fear of prosecution in those who feel they may overdose
or those who happen to witness one in progress.
Conditions of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act
The Act allows those who witness a drug overdose, or even those who are
experiencing one, to call 911 emergency services without the charge or
prosecution of possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. While many before
were afraid to call 911 out of certainty that their drug overdose is a
clear indication of illegal activity, the Act prioritizes saving the abuser’s
life and forgives drug possession. Still, the Act does no forgive all
illegal activity occurring at the time of the overdose or in the neighboring vicinity.
There are still cases in which other illegal activities occur simultaneously
with the drug use in question, and these activities, aside from drug possession,
may still warrant an arrest, even if you are the one that called. For
example, if the individual or an associate of the individual overdosing
is in possession of stolen property, that crime may still be pursued because
it is not the exact same crime as the drug possession. Yet, while it is
impossible to speculate specific circumstances and decisions made by law
enforcement at the time, the responders to the incident may prioritize
caring for the affected individual and also take into consideration your
selfless efforts to save a life.
Protecting Your Rights
If you or a loved one has found themselves in a tight legal situation regarding
drug overdose, we strongly urge you contact our legal team at (702) 904-8858.
We've established our reputation in the Las Vegas legal community
because we work to investigate and personalize your case.