Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Wallet Cards Now Available

Posted
December 7, 2017

From a Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network news release: With Canada's fatal overdose crisis still surging, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, issued 50,000 wallet-size cards with vital information about the 2017 Good Sama r itan Drug Overdos e Act. The cards and an accompanying fact sheet will be provided to people who use drugs, service providers and volunteer organizations serving people at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose emergency, and stakeholders in health, social services, government and law enforcement across Ontario. The wallet card and fact sheet can also be downloaded at www.aidslaw.ca and www.overdoseprevention.ca.

Available in English and French, the wallet card outlines when the law does and does not provide protection against criminal charges and provides 1-800 numbers to call in Ontario if legal assistance is required.

Under the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, a private member's bill introduced by Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, both the overdose victim(s) and witnesses are protected from charges pertaining to drug possession when they seek emergency help for an overdose victim. "Many people still don't know that this law exists, while those that do are unclear of the protections it provides,” said Sandra Ka Hon Chu, director of research and advocacy at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. "These cards help clarify the charges that the law does — and does not — provide protection against."

For more details or to access the full article:
Download the PDF in English
Wallet card in English and French