Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law
In response to the growing epidemic of drug overdose deaths, Georgia passed the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law in 2014. This law was passed to encourage those witnessing an overdose to call for help and to increase access to life-saving medications for those in need of overdose treatment.
According to Georgia Overdose Prevention, the law offers “protection for people who call 911 and seek medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose. The caller and the victim cannot be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia if the evidence was obtained as a result of seeking medical assistance.” In addition, “the law also increases access to the opioid overdose ‘antidote’ Naloxone.”