Good Samaritan OD bill passes Senate

TRENTON – The Senate passed 21-10 a bill that would hold harmless those who aid drug overdose victims, but which carried concerns about criminals using it to try and avoid arrests.

S851/A578,  the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, provides immunity to someone who provides timely medical attention to a drug overdose victim.

The bill seeks to eliminate a so-called Good Samaritan’s fear of arrest related to drug crimes or loss of parole or probation. 

Such fears can cause someone to delay seeking medical help for someone else, the bill sponsors say.

The Assembly version passed by a vote of 67-8-4 in May.

Good Samaritan OD bill passes Senate