Valuable Knowledge: Medical Amnesty law used to protect and save lives

Chris Carter

Medical amnesty laws aim to save lives by taking away the fear of prosecution when calling emergency services for a drug overdose victim.

Amnesty laws provide an immunity from prosecution when someone calls for help when someone is overdosing, but the immunity is limited by the amount of the substance of which the individual is in possession.

The law also protects individuals who may be violating restraining orders, parole and probation restrictions, as well as underage drinkers in the event of alcohol poisoning.

House bill 965 or “Georgia 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law” was passed through the Georgia House and Senate and was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on April 24, 2014. With the passing of this law, Georgia became one of many other States that have medical amnesty laws on the books.