The recent news that singer Bon Jovi’s daughter overdosed on heroin not only put the spotlight on that drug, it also highlighted a July 2011 New York State law that “was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession.”
Under the ‘Good Samaritan 911’ law, someone who overdoses or tries to help someone who has overdosed will not be charged and prosecuted if that person is found to have a small amount of heroin or marijuana in any amount.
At first it looked as if Bon Jovi’s daughter and a fellow college student would be charged with drug possession, but it seems the charges have been dropped under the Good Samaritan 911 law. According to reports, she was still recovering from the overdose late last week.
It is very fortunate that this young lady was able to get medical attention in time before things took a turn for the worse. Heroin is a very dangerous drug. It doesn’t take long for someone to become addicted. It has a profound effect on the brain and can also cause damage to the nervous system.
It is also fortunate that she will not face prosecution. It is possible that a number of people were afraid to call 911 to get help for themselves or someone else because they feared drug charges.