Good Samaritan Law Awareness

Orange County is proud to unveil its newest public service campaign to raise awareness about New York State’s Good Samaritan Law.

The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.

The following are signs of an overdose. Call 911 if the person:

  • Is passed out and cannot be woken up;
  • Is not breathing, breathing very slowly, or making gurgling sounds;
  • Has lips that are blue or grayish color.

Why should you care about the 911 Good Samaritan Law?

  • The law empowers you to save a person’s life.
  • The law encourages anyone to call 911 when they see or experience a drug or alcohol overdose.

Who is protected by the 911 Good Samaritan Law?

  • Everyone – regardless of age – who seeks medical help for themselves or someone else during an overdose.
  • The person who has overdosed.

If you witness an overdose, call 911 – even if you’re high and/or have drugs on you.

Find out more about New York State’s 911 Good Samaritan Law by calling 1-800-692-8528 or emailing


Download a Good Samaritan Law awareness poster for display in your office, business, etc.: