Safe to Call Campaign

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.

The Good Samaritan Law

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:

  • Acted in good faith and a reasonable belief that they were the first to seek medical assistance for the subject in distress;
  • Provided their name to responding law enforcement; and
  • Did not seek the medical assistance during the execution of an arrest warrant, search warrant or lawful search.