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Parliament passes drug possession immunity for ‘Good Samaritans’ seeking help for overdoses

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 9:42 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

People who seek emergency assistance to aid those experiencing opiate overdoses will soon have a new immunity from prosecution for drug possession and breach of conditions relating to drug possession.

Michael CrystalIn a bid to stem the rising tide of opiate deaths across Canada, MPs from all parties joined together in the Commons May 2 to unanimously enact the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (C-224) which aims to remove fear of prosecution for possessing (or consuming) illegal drugs: the number one reason people cite for not...