Wagner, Chivukula, Fuentes, Giblin & Gusciora “Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act” Gets Final Legislative OK
Measure Aimed at Increasing Medical Attention for Drug Overdose Victims Heads to Governor’s Desk
(TRENTON) – The “Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act” sponsored by Assembly Democrats Connie Wagner, Upendra Chivukula, Angel Fuentes, Thomas Giblin and Reed Gusciora received final legislative approval by the Senate on Monday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
The legislation (A-578/S-851) is aimed at saving lives in New Jersey by providing timely medical attention to the victims of drug overdoses.
“Deaths from drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey, but many of these deaths could be prevented if medical assistance were sought immediately,” said Wagner (D-Bergen). “Many times, the fear of arrest and prosecution prevents people from seeking appropriate assistance in the face of a medical emergency involving drug use.”