Good Samaritan Law Awareness Campaign Hits the Road Across Delaware

Aug 04, 2015, 15:20 ET from atTAcK Addiction

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- atTAcK Addiction has placed billboards on more than 40 DART buses to raise awareness about Delaware's new Good Samaritan law that protects people from being arrested for drug crimes if they call 911 to save someone during an overdose.

The billboards went on 42 buses with routes across the state last month and will be there until at least the end of the year. This includes DART's Beach Express buses as well.    

"Our message is simple: You won't be arrested when reporting an overdose," atTAcK Addiction board member Bob Procopio said. "Be a hero. Make the call."

The Good Samaritan law, known as Kristin L. Jackson and John M. Perkins Law, was passed in 2013. The law grants people who report overdoses from drugs or alcohol immunity from prosecution from certain drug crimes and from offenses related to underage drinking – even if the caller was involved in those types of activities.

The billboards are part of a larger campaign to create awareness of the law's existence.

"atTAcK addiction does a number of speaking engagements and outreach efforts across the state," Procopio said. "We realized that there is a large gap in awareness of this law." 

atTAcK Addiction board member David Humes noted that Delaware and the United States is in the grip of an unprecedented addiction epidemic.

"We lose a Delawarean every other day to death by accidental overdose," Humes said. "The law does no good if our community is not aware of how it serves help those in need. One of key objectives at atTAcK addiction is increase awareness around the disease of addiction. This campaign serves to do just that."

atTAcK Addiction, a Delaware based non-profit, is a recipient of the Governor's 2014 Volunteer Service Award. Money for the billboards came from fundraising activities such as the group's annual 5K run.

About atTAcK addiction
Founded in 2013, atTAcK addiction serves as grass roots organization dedicated to fighting the disease of addiction and ending the stigma that accompanies the disease by bring this epidemic out in to the public eye. Visit the website to find the times and locations of the meetings.  These are open meetings. Anyone is invited to attend. 

SOURCE atTAcK Addiction