Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Awareness Campaign

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(ONTARIO) – Opioid overdoses are claiming the lives of thousands of people across Ontario and are steadily increasing. The statistics and numbers related to overdoses do not capture the profound distress being felt by those impacted. Observers may hesitate to call 911 in fear of police involvement. To encourage people to seek life-saving assistance the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is launching the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA) public awareness campaign.

The OPP is upholding its commitment to the Ontario Mobilization and Engagement Model of Community Policing and is using a collaborative approach to disseminate this public awareness campaign. Partnering with other community organizations will help the OPP better connect with people that are directly impacted by this Act.

The OPP has created posters, information cards and community safety videos to help educate the public and community agenciesThese resources as well as other additional information about the GSDOA can be found by visiting: www.opp.ca/overdose and OPP social media accounts.

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The law does provide protection against charges for:

  • Possessing drugs for your own use
  • Violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for a simple drug possession charge

The law does not provide protection against charges for:

  • Trafficking illegal drugs
  • Offences other than drug possession
  • Any outstanding arrest warrants
  • Violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for an offence that is not simple possession

“At the centre of the OPP’s response to the opioid crisis is the spirit of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which is intended to save lives. The OPP is determined to take every step possible to help our citizens, our communities and our partners who are impacted by the opioid crisis.”                      

OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, Director, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau

Source: OPP

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One Reply to “Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Awareness Campaign”

  1. Why so much effort put into saving druggers hell bent on self destruction? Are all of these “salvation” efforts a business opportunity for someone in govt? Otherwise, why all of the effort and expense to try to save non-contributing member of our so called society. The vast preponderance of these people will never be anything more than a serious drain on valuable and scarce resources.

    How many times have we had “code black” conditions with our EMS due to taxing drunks and druggers to the hospital? How long will we put up with this sh!t.

    I say let them roll the dice and leave them with their decision. We can’t afford to continue spending top dollar on the least desirable, most unworthy lowlifes that infect our society.

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