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Missouri's New "Good Samaritan" Law: Immunity from Drug Prosecution

A new law took effect in Missouri on August 28, 2017 that will surely save lives. 

Under Missouri's new "Good Samaritan" law, anyone who seeks medical attention for a person who is experiencing a drug overdose or is treated for a drug overdose cannot be arrested, charged, prosecuted, or convicted if any evidence of a drug crime was gained as a result of seeking or obtaining medical assistance for a drug overdose.

If someone in a good faith effort calls 911 for a drug overdose, the people involved, the caller and the person overdosing will not face charges or arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

The purpose of this law is to encourage drug users to get help when someone overdoses without fear of criminal prosecution. Prior to this law, if someone was admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose and still had the drugs on their person, they could be arrested, charged and prosecuted.  

This is smart public policy and lives will be saved as a result.

 

 

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Terry Sorden APRIL 24 2019
Ok so I called 911 because my roommate overdosed and this law was ignored and I’m being charged for drugs and when legally my home never should have been searched . I paid $6500 to get out of jail and after all this I have lost my job the rights to see my kids my pride my home my car this has had a great effect on my life so I don’t feel comfortable calling 911 especially after paying for a lawyer and he is telling me that I’m still gonna have probation even though they illegally searched my home and charged me knowing I called 911 . When the first officer showed up I was still on the phone with them And he claims it was one of my friends but he seen me with the phone in my hand .
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