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Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
A member of the Bucks County Division of Human Services

Overdose Prevention Program

Good Samaritan Law - Act 139

Don't Run, Call 9-1-1

In November 2014, PA Act 139 went into effect. Act 139 primary purpose it to stop overdose deaths by focusing on three things:

  • Making Naloxone available to all first responders, not just paramedics
  • Allowing family members and friends and not just the user to receive Naloxone from pharmacies
  • Enacting the Good Samaritan Law, which provides a certain amount of immunity to anyone who calls 9-1-1 in the case of an overdose

The Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Bucks County District Attorney have been working hard since late 2014 to create a 100 percent carry rate for all first responders in Bucks County, and nearly every department now carries some form of Naloxone (intramuscular, intranasal, autoinjector). While your local pharmacy may not have naloxone in stock, pharmacies are generally able to order intramuscular naloxone and have it available within 24 hours; call to check availability and to order if necessary.

Through the Good Samaritan provision of Act 139, friends and loved ones are encouraged to call 911 for emergency medical services in the event an overdose is witnessed. The provision offers certain criminal and civil protections and provides reassurance to the caller that they cannot get in trouble for being present, witnessing and reporting an overdose.

Act 139 offers protection for both the person experiencing the overdose as well as the person who calls it in and stays until the first emergency response unit comes. These protections include criminal prosecution for a controlled substance or violation of probation or parole.

For more information on the Good Samaritan Law, please view the Good Samaritan - Act 139 Flyer.

Act 139 Poster
Depicting High School Graduates who are more likely to misuse Opioids if they have had them in their youth

If you have a complaint about assessment or treatment services you receive, contact us at: 
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. 
Complaint and Grievance Department 

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Diane W. Rosati
Executive Director
600 Louis Drive, Suite 102A 
Warminster, PA 18974 
Phone: 215-773-9313, Ext 2703
Fax: 215-956-9939
Email: dwrosati@co.bucks.pa.us

8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday