By Scott Burris
Public Health Law Research funded Dr. Caleb Banta-Green to evaluate the implementation and initial effects of a Washington State “Good Samaritan 911” law meant to encourage people witnessing a drug overdose to call for help. The research results are getting out in the usual way, but it was great to see Dr. Banta-Green talking about his findings and what the might mean on the blog of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Overdose is a huge health issue in the US, but solving it will require the buy in of law enforcement and legislators who defer to law enforcement on drug issues. It’s great to see research producing the right conversation in the right place.