The OPP is putting out a reminder about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The move follows an increase of opioid overdoses that are claiming the lives of thousands of people across Ontario.

The OPP says the stats don’t capture the profound distress felt by those impacted. Observers may hesitate to call 9-1-1, fearing police involvement, according to the OPP.

The Good Samaritan Act provides protection against charges for possessing drugs for your own use and violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for a simple drug charge. The law doesn’t cover you for trafficking illegal drugs, offences other than drug possession or outstanding arrest warrants.

OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop says the purpose of the Good Samaritan Act is to save lives. He noted the OPP is determined to take every step possible to help citizens and communities impacted by the opioid crisis.

Click here for more information about the Act.

Written by Jennifer Westendorp