Families of Overdose Victims Rally for Good Samaritan Law in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas is one of two states without a Good Samaritan law to protect people who call 911 for help during drug overdoses. The absence of such a law raises concerns about the potential legal repercussions for those who seek emergency assistance in these situations. Many believe that the state’s overdose deaths could have been prevented if the fear of arrest and prosecution was not a factor.

Family members of overdose victims have been vocal advocates for House Bill 2487, which would establish a Good Samaritan law in Kansas. These families have shared heartbreaking stories of loved ones who overdosed in the presence of others, who were hesitant to call for help due to the fear of being implicated in drug-related offenses.

Supporters of the bill argue that granting immunity from legal consequences to those who seek emergency assistance would save lives. They emphasize that if people nearby felt safe calling 911, medical professionals could be summoned in a timely manner, potentially preventing fatal overdoses.

Representative Pat Proctor, a Republican from Fort Leavenworth, emphasized the importance of House Bill 2487. He stated that if the law could save even one life, it would be worth it. The bill was recently presented to a committee of representatives for further deliberation.

The lack of a Good Samaritan law in Kansas raises concerns about the potential consequences of seeking emergency help during drug overdoses. Advocates argue that providing legal protection to those who call 911 would encourage more people to take immediate action, ultimately saving lives. The push for House Bill 2487 reflects a growing recognition of the need for comprehensive measures to address drug overdoses and ensure the safety and well-being of individuals in crisis. The bill’s fate will be determined through the legislative process, as representatives consider the potential impact it could have on the state’s response to drug overdoses.