Thursday, November 25, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Overdoses: PBSO pushing for new law to reduce fear of calling 911 during an overdose - South Florida

The Sheriff's Office has heard this story all too often:

People are out at a party with the "three-legged stool of death" — cocaine, prescription drugs and alcohol. Someone overdoses. Witnesses, too afraid to call 911, do what they've seen in movies: stick the person in a shower or let him sleep it off.

By morning, the person is dead.

"Fear of law enforcement is the main reason people don't call 911," Palm Beach County Sheriff's Detective Gary Martin said. "What we're hoping to do is organize a public-awareness campaign. In an overdose situation, don't concern yourself about getting arrested."
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