Gary Martin, associate dean for student life, was selected to present at the inaugural, “National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit” in Orlando. His presentation focused on Florida’s new “911 Good Samaritan law” and other drug overdose prevention strategies. The conference was attended by over 700 prevention professionals from around the nation. The Surgeon General of the United States, Regina Benjamin, M.D. and National Drug Czar, R. Gil Kerlikowske, were among the conference’s keynote speakers.
On April 6, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida Senate Bill # 278 into law. The law, designated “The 911 Good Samaritan Act,” is modeled after Lynn University’s Amnesty provision. Now statewide, the initiative is intended to encourage Floridians to call “911” during a drug-related medical crisis. The law now provides limited immunity from criminal prosecution for person(s) who, in good faith, seeks or obtains medical assistance for the victim of a drug or alcohol related overdose. A statewide campaign to raise public awareness for this new law is being planned among several community partners.