The vice-chairman of the New Jersey Senate’s health and human services committee will sponsor the “911 Good Samaritan” legislation I wrote about in today’s column.
Sen. Joseph Vitale, a Woodbridge Democrat, says such a measure “will literally save lives” of overdose victims by protecting witnesses from prosecution and encouraging them to summon help.
The nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) advocates such a measure; a similar state law went into effect Sept. 18 in New York.
“Calling 911 should never be a crime,” says Roseanne Scotti, director of the New Jersey DPA. “A Good Samaritan law will encourage people to get help.”