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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 21, 2021 04:00 PM
From: Senator John I. Kane
To: All Senate members
Subject: Designating November 2021 as Good Samaritan Law Awareness Month
2020 was a struggle for all of us, but it was an especially challenging and dangerous year for those with substance use disorder. Opioid overdose deaths increased by 30% in 2020, amounting to nearly 5,000 deaths in Pennsylvania last year.

These deaths are a tragedy. And the reality is that many of them are preventable. Over the past few months, I have heard from constituents about their own experiences with the opioid epidemic. In many cases, I have heard about deaths that could have been prevented with increased knowledge of the Good Samaritan Law.

The Good Samaritan Law (Act 139 of 2014) exists to ensure folks get the help they need. By guaranteeing immunity in cases of opioid and alcohol usage, the Good Samaritan Law ensures that Pennsylvanians facing medical emergencies are able to receive the necessary medical attention.

But the Good Samaritan Law only works when everyone knows about its existence. If individuals are concerned that they will face criminal charges after calling emergency professionals, they are unlikely to seek the urgent attention that is necessary in emergency situations. In many of these cases, even a few minutes would save a life – knowledge of the Good Samaritan Law could save those few minutes.

That is why I am introducing a resolution designating November 2021 as Good Samaritan Law Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. It is part of an effort to raise awareness about this important law that can save lives.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important resolution.


Introduced as SR207