Laws You Should Know

Preventing substance misuse and protecting our communities requires not only education and awareness but also understanding the relevant laws. Familiarizing yourself with these laws can help you make informed decisions, promote a safe environment, and take necessary action when needed.

Good Samaritan Law

The Good Samaritan law is designed to encourage individuals to seek emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug overdose without fear of legal consequences. In New York State (NYS), the law provides limited immunity from drug possession and/or drug paraphernalia charges for both the person seeking help and the person experiencing the overdose.

Laws about Hosting Underage Drinking Parties

NYS has strict laws regarding hosting underage drinking parties. It is illegal for adults to knowingly allow minors to consume alcohol on their property. Consequences for hosting such parties may include fines, imprisonment, or both. These laws exist to protect the health and safety of young individuals and discourage underage drinking, which can lead to a range of negative consequences, including accidents, impaired judgment, and long-term health issues.

Neglect Laws

NYS has implemented specific laws to protect children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and substance abuse. It is illegal to smoke in a car with passengers under the age of 18. This law aims to reduce the exposure of children to secondhand smoke, which can lead to respiratory issues and other health problems.

Additionally, it is illegal to provide nicotine or cannabis products to individuals under the legal age. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping products, and cannabis. These laws are in place to safeguard youth from the potential harm and addiction associated with nicotine and cannabis use.

Resources and Further Information

If you have questions about specific laws or need more information on drug prevention, consider the following resources:

Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Contact your local police department or sheriff’s office for information about local laws and regulations related to drug prevention.

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)

OASAS provides resources, educational materials, and guidance on substance abuse prevention.

New York State Department of Health (DOH)

The DOH offers information on a range of public health topics, including substance abuse prevention.