Naloxone and Medical Amnesty: Saving Lives and Offering Hope

A response to the Cherokee News-Ledger article bashing overdose prevention laws in Georgia. Naloxone and 911 Good Samaritan laws save lives. Apparently some people don’t care about that.

Making Noise in the South

Erika Neldner, managing editor of the Cherokee-Ledger news in Cherokee County Georgia, recently published an editorial that was critical of Georgia’s 911 Good Samaritan law and overdose prevention efforts. She relies on outdated and inaccurate myths that have been disproven and to which only the most reactionary politicians and pundits still cling.

Georgia’s overdose prevention laws passed in 2014 with broad bipartisan support and the backing of Gov. Deal and  police departments across the state. That the article comes from Cherokee County is important. The Holly Springs Police Department was the first in the state to equip officers with naloxone. In Holly Springs alone 9 overdoses have been reversed since April 2014. When Woodstock and Canton are added, Cherokee County has had at least 19 overdose reversals. I’m sure the loved ones of those whose of those who were saved are grateful that Police Chief Frank Rotondo didn’t adopt…

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