North Carolina’s Good Samaritan Law can protect you and your friend when you call 911.
If someone’s in trouble, call 911, state your name and wait until help arrives.
North Carolina’s laws provide limited immunity from prosecution if a person seeks medical assistance for an individual experiencing an alcohol- or drug-related emergency by contacting 911, law enforcement or emergency medical personnel. The law applies if the person who sought help:
Learn more about the Good Samaritan laws in North Carolina:
In 2017, close to 7 lives were lost each day in North Carolina due to drug overdose and alcohol poisoning.
The Safe To Call Campaign was developed to educate teens and young adults and inspire them to help prevent deaths due to drug overdose and alcohol poisoning by calling 911 at the first sign of trouble.
No one should have to lose their life because someone else was afraid of getting in trouble. Good Samaritan laws provide some protections for individuals who call 911, identify themselves by name and stay until help arrives. Even for those who are under the legal drinking age of 21.
If you have any questions about the Safe to Call Campaign, please contact us.
If you or someone close to you needs substance abuse services, please contact your Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization (LME-MCO).
Supported by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services with funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant