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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects you, the person who is overdosing, and anyone at the scene from being charged with:

  • Possession of controlled substances (example, drugs)
  • Breaches in pre-trial release, probation orders, conditional sentences, or parole related to simple possession

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act does not provide protection against charges for:

  • Outstanding arrest warrants
  • Making and selling of controlled substances (example, drugs)
  • All other crimes not outlined within the Act

For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

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