01/07/2014 05:03 pm ET | Updated Mar 09, 2014

Make 2014 the Year to Pass Well-Written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws

Let 2014 be the year that we revise current 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws and expand the Delaware 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Law into every state.

Passing well-written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws tells society that all of those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse are worth saving, including those that are on probation, on parole or awaiting a drug violation. Being ashamed and afraid to call 911 is a societal stigma that needs to end. It should not be a crime to call for emergency help.

In 2013 Delaware passed the most widespread 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Law to protect individuals when calling 911 during a drug or alcohol overdose. Furthermore it allows all individuals that may be experiencing drug and alcohol emergencies to call for help without fear of prosecution. These brave Delaware legislators understand that drug and alcohol abuse is a health issue and needs to be handled as such. Law enforcement officials are now being trained to save lives when responding to a possible overdose emergency.

This year, Shatterproof will be dedicated to advocating for well-written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws. This new nationwide organization is dedicated to saving lives, ending the stigma of drug and alcohol abuse, and supporting research to cure addiction. They understand that addiction needs a national voice.

Shatterproof realizes that every life is precious; even those that may be stigmatized by addiction, stigmatized from drug and alcohol violations, or those on probation or parole from drug and alcohol violations. They understand that a relapse may be a stumbling block of recovery and that a relapse should not mean death. Emergency care needs to be available to all.

Supporting emergency 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws is the first step in ending addiction. It tells society that a life is worth saving. Staying alive means that there is hope for finding individual medical treatment that works. Staying alive is the key to recovery. One life is not more sacred than another, every life is worth saving.

Well-written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws need a national voice. Ending addiction needs a national voice.


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