CAP has been advocating that Hawai`i pass a Good Samaritan law. Last session, when the bill failed, a resolution was heard. Both DOH and the UH Medical School (JABSOM) testified that we need a law. Here are 3 compelling arguments for a law:
- Fatal overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in Hawai`i in 2011
- Overdose is on the rise in Hawai`i with 183 deaths in 2011
- Hawai`i’s overdose rate in 2011 is much higher than national average – 13.3 per 100,000 persons.
Advocates Commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st as Drug Overdose Now #1 Cause of Accidental Death
Drug Policy Alliance Leads National Effort for Comprehensive Overdose Prevention Policies; Ten States Passed “911 Good Samaritan” Laws in 2012 and 2013
Parents Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Overdose Available for Interviews
The Drug Policy Alliance will join dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad commemorating International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an overdose. The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about a variety of proven solutions, such as “911 Good Samaritan” laws( http://www.drugpolicy.org/911-good-samaritan-fatal-overdose-prevention-law) and improved access to naloxone, the life-saving opiate overdose reversal medication.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2010. There were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,134 (60%) of which were related to pharmaceuticals. Among people 25-64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes. The highest death rates were among people 45-49 years of age.