Saturday, September 12, 2009

Announcement from Purple Ribbons for Overdose Prevention

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Please read and support the following announcement regarding a documentary film being made about the importance of passing the Good Samaritan 9-1-1 laws. These laws provide legal protection for people who call for medical help in the event of a drug overdose. They save lives! The filmmaker is looking for family members in Southern California who have lost a loved one to overdose and would be willing to speak about the experience in the film.

This is just one other way that we can use our experience and relationships to support the paradigm shift taking place toward a more humane, just, compassionate social response to the problems associated with drug use in the country. Please be an active part in moving the paradigm forward.

Thank you for all that you do.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and Training Associates
303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1403
New York, NY 10016


Announcement from Purple Ribbons for Overdose Prevention

Dear Friends,

I know many of you have lost children and spouses to accidental drug overdose, and I know many of you believe that a call to 911 or a shot of naloxone could have saved your loved one. A documentary filmmaker approached me, asking if I could help him locate a family member in Southern California to interview for his upcoming film about international drug policies.

He would like to interview a family member who believes that the US needs uniform Good Samaritan 9-1-1 laws, to protect & encourage people to call for help if they witness someone overdosing. We know that many people hesitate or fail to call for help because of fear of arrest for drug possession and that Good Samaritan 9-1-1 laws would put an end to that.

If you lost your son, daughter or spouse to overdose and believe that no one should ever be punished or penalized for calling 911 to save a life--and that naloxone should be made readily available to people at risk of opiate overdose--and you are willing to be interviewed for this important new film, please contact me immediately. This is an incredible project, involving some of the most important political voices from around the world!

If you aren't available to be interviewed for the film, but would be interested in telling your story to other members of the press, please let me know.

Email me: mralston@drugpolicy or send a message to me on Facebook. Visit to learn more about the issues & get involved. Thank you!

Meghan Ralston
Cause Creator

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