The Pioneer Lifeline

Governor Chris Christie instituted the Good Samaritan Law, also known as The Overdose Prevention Act, in May 2013, in an effort to decrease the amount of overdose deaths in NJ. Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents among people ages 25 to 64. This law protects individuals from being penalized for contacting emergency authorities for help if someone has overdosed on drugs even if the individual calling for help is also using drugs or there are drugs/paraphernalia in their vicinity. The law states that the amount of drugs must be enough to be considered personal use only.  

William Paterson University takes the health and safety of our students seriously and has a similar plan on campus referred to as the Pioneer Lifeline. If you believe someone has overdosed on drugs or alcohol, immediately contact campus police at (973) 720-2300 or extension 2300 on campus for emergency medical assistance. The Pioneer Lifeline applies to alcohol as well as drugs and states that campus police will provide assistance without penalty/prosecution as long as it is one other person and personal use amount. 

Recap:

  1. Call for help
  2. Stay with your friend
  3. Talk to authorities 

The Pioneer Lifeline