On July 20, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed a “Good Samaritan” law, designed to encourage individuals to call 911 for help in an alcohol or other drug emergency.
The primary reason people do not call 911 in the event of an overdose is fear of getting arrested. The law protects people who witness an overdose, suffer one, and those who call 911 from being arrested, charged, or prosecuted for possession of drugs/paraphernalia or under-age alcohol possession. This law does not protect against arrest, charge, or prosecution for other offenses, such as drug trafficking.
For more information visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/consumers/prevention/opioidprevention/