There is a movement afoot to call upon the Government of Canada to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (‘Good Samaritan Law”) to exempt individuals with possession when seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance for themselves or another person following and overdose on a controlled substance. To assist, consider signing the petition and encouraging members of your community to sign. The online petition is open for signature until August 13th, 2016 at 5:09 pm.
Did you know that:
• Canada is the world leader in per-capita prescription opioid consumption. Deaths related to opioid overdose are a public health crisis;
• Naloxone is a medication that has been used in Canada for over 40 years to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, has virtually no side effects and has no abuse potential;
• Most accidental overdose emergencies involving illicit substance use occurs in the presence of another witness;
• A study in Ontario has identified that only 46% of those involved in an emergency overdose would call 911. This compare with over 90% who would call for a cardiac arrest; and
• A primary barrier to calling 911 in an overdose has been identified as being fear of police presence and the potential for criminal charges.