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Officials remind public of Good Samaritan Law

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NEW YORK STATE -- State officials and local advocates came together to remind the public about New York's "911 Good Samaritan Law."

The law was enacted back in 2011, but they're taking the time again to make sure everyone knows exactly what the law is.

Studies show most people don't call 911 when an overdose happens because they are afraid of criminal consequences rather than getting help for the person. So State Senator John DeFrancisco sponsored the law, which protects people from criminal charges if they call 911 to save someone's life after an overdose.

But since accidental drug overdose is still a growing problem across the state, officials and advocates are working to educate the public.

“The idea here is to make sure that we're saving a life. We want to get the message out. It should never be a crime to call 911. No one should be afraid to call for help. And that's what this law is seeking to accomplish," said Gabriel Sayegh, New York Director of the Drug Police Alliance.

DeFrancisco says if there is a larger criminal operation going on, like large scale sales or an adult giving drugs or alcohol to a minor, those people could still face criminal charges following an investigation.

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