Mayor Slay to Sign Bill Allowing 'Good Samaritan' Calls to Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths in the City of St. Louis

Mayor Francis Slay will sign Board Bill 40, or the 'Good Samaritan Law' into City code.

June 24, 2016 | 2 min reading time

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Mayor Francis Slay will sign Board Bill 40, or the 'Good Samaritan Law' into City code. The law aims to prevent drug overdose deaths by protecting witnesses or bystanders who call 911 during a drug overdose. While the law provides immunity to the caller from being prosecuted for using drugs, it remains tough on drug dealers and other non drug-related crimes, including the possession of illegal guns.

Opiate abuse, including both heroin and prescription drugs, is one of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States and has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The Good Samaritan Law encourages people to make the choice to save a life and enjoys broad support from St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, and advocates.


  • Mayor Francis Slay
  • Alderman Cara Spencer, 20thWard, Bill Sponsor
  • Alderman Lyda Krewson, 28thWard, Bill Sponsor
  • State Rep. Stephen Lynch, (R) District 122
  • Chad Sabora, Missouri Network for Opiate Reform &Recovery



 9 a.m.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Missouri Network for Opiate Reform & Recovery

4022 S. Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63118

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