911 Good Samaritan laws

Someone's chances of surviving an overdose depend on how fast they get help. Call 911 right away. You could save a life.

If I call 911, will I get in trouble?

Sometimes people who are present during an overdose don't call 911 because they don't want to get the police involved. Today, most states have 911 Good Samaritan laws. These laws provide legal protection for people who call 911 during an overdose.

Check your state law

911 Good Samaritan laws' legal protections vary from state to state. For example, some states require you to cooperate with the first responders.

Use Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System's map to learn about your state's 911 Good Samaritan law.

What do I say when I call 911?
  • Tell them exactly where you are.
  • Tell them someone is unresponsive.
  • When the paramedics arrive, tell them what you know.
Helpful Information

If someone is overdosing, call 911 immediately and give them naloxone if you have it. Even if the person starts breathing normally, they still need medical help. Stay with the person until help arrives.