See an Overdose? Call 911.

Naloxone kits that can save people from an opiate overdose are available for free from many Ontario pharmacies.

Even if you’ve taken drugs or have some on you, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act can protect you.

(ORILLIA, ON) – Opioid overdoses are claiming the lives of thousands of people across Ontario and are steadily increasing. The statistics and numbers related to overdoses do not capture the profound distress being felt by those impacted. Observers may hesitate to call 911 in fear of police involvement. To encourage people to seek life-saving assistance the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is launching the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA) public awareness campaign.

The OPP is upholding its commitment to the Ontario Mobilization and Engagement Model of Community Policing and is using a collaborative approach to disseminate this public awareness campaign. Partnering with other community organizations will help the OPP better connect with people that are directly impacted by this Act.

The OPP has created posters, information cards and community safety videos to help educate the public and community agenciesThese resources as well as other additional information about the GSDOA can be found by visiting: www.opp.ca/overdose and OPP social media accounts.

The law does provide protection against charges for:

Possessing drugs for your own use

Violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for a simple drug possession charge

The law does not provide protection against charges for:

Trafficking illegal drugs 

Offences other than drug possession

Any outstanding arrest warrants

Violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for an offence that is not simple possession

“At the centre of the OPP’s response to the opioid crisis is the spirit of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which is intended to save lives. The OPP is determined to take every step possible to help our citizens, our communities and our partners who are impacted by the opioid crisis.”                                            

OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, Director, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau