Did you know Colorado has a 911 Good Samaritan Law? Colorado Revised Statute 18-1-711 provides immunity from arrest and prosecution in emergency drug or alcohol overdose situations. This public health harm reduction legislation exists so the community feels safe calling for help if they or someone they are with, overdoses on alcohol or drugs. The immunity applies to the person suffering the overdose as well, if all the criteria set below are met:
- A person in good faith reports an emergency drug or alcohol overdose
- The reporting person remains at the scene of the event until law enforcement or emergency medical personnel arrive
- If the event is occurring at a medical facility, the reporting person must remain at the facility until law enforcement arrives
- The reporting person identifies themselves and cooperates with law enforcement or emergency medical personnel
- The immunity applies to the course of events from which the emergency drug or alcohol overdose arose.
This law seeks to reduce the number of preventable deaths resulting from drug or alcohol overdoses. If someone is experiencing a medical emergency due to drug or alcohol overdose call 9-1-1 immediately! Remain on scene and assist first responders by providing details of the medical emergency. Saving someone’s life is more important than arrests for underage drinking or personal drug use. Don’t let a friend die due to fear of getting in trouble.