Emergency Overdose

Don’t be afrad to call 911 the ND Good Samaritan Law will protect you

  • 1.

    Give Naloxone

    Sold under brand names Narcan and Evzio (see where to buy here) and is a prescription drug. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids especially in overdose situations.

  • 2.

    Call 911

    Stay calm and immediately dial 911.  Don’t be afraid to call, North Dakota’s Overdose Prevention and Immunity law may protect you.

  • 3.

    Begin Rescue Breathing & Follow Dispatcher Instructions

    The 911 dispatcher will walk you through necessary next steps.

  • 4.

    Wait For Responders

    Keep calm and wait for the 911 responders to arrive.

Immunity Law:

The North Dakota overdose prevention and immunity law protects individuals from criminal prosecution if they contact law enforcement or emergency medical services to report they or another individual is in need of emergency medical assistance due to a drug overdose.

To receive immunity under this statute, the individual receiving immunity must have:

  1. Remained on scene until assistance arrived;
  2. Cooperated with emergency medical services in the medical treatment of the reported drug overdosed individual. For example telling emergency personnel what drug or drugs were taken, how much, and when;
  3. And the overdosed individual must have been in need of emergency medical services

If these criteria are met, the statue grants individuals immunity from prosecution for possession, ingestion, or sharing of a controlled substance or possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred at the scene where the overdose occurred. The law does not provide immunity for delivery, manufacturing, or distribution of a controlled substance.

Symptoms of opioid overdose

An overdose of opioids requires immediate emergency medical treatment. If you suspect someone has overdosed on opioids, call 9-1-1 immediately. At select local pharmacies, a prescription nasal spray called naloxone (Narcan) is available to keep on hand in case of an opioid overdose. Talk to your doctor to see if you might need this medicine.

Symptoms of an overdose include:

  • Unresponsive (can’t wake)
  • Slow erratic (irregular) breathing, or no breathing at all slow
  • Erratic pulse, or no pulse
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness (passing out)
  • Constricted (small) pupils.

North Dakota Immunity Law

Overdose prevention and immunity - 19-03.1-23.4

Current as of: 2016 | Check for updates | Other versions

An individual is immune from criminal prosecution under sections 19-03.1-22.1, 19-03.1-22.3, 19-03.1-22.5, subsection 7 of section 19-03.1-23, subsection 3 of section 19-03.2-03, and section 19-03.4-03 if that individual contacted law enforcement or emergency medical services and reported that the individual was or that another individual was in need of emergency medical assistance due to a drug overdose. To receive immunity under this section, the individual receiving immunity must have remained on the scene until assistance arrived, cooperated with emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel in the medical treatment of the reported drug overdosed individual, and the overdosed individual must have been in need of emergency medical services. The maximum number of individuals that may be immune for any one occurrence is three individuals. Immunity from prosecution under this section is not applicable for a violation under section 19-03.1-23.1.

If these criteria are met, the statue grants individuals immunity from prosecution for possession, ingestion, or sharing of a controlled substance or possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred at the scene where the overdose occurred. The law does not provide immunity for delivery, manufacturing, or distribution of a controlled substance.

Resources

FirstLink

Assists people to identify, access, and make effective use of community and volunteer resources 24 hours a day.
 

Community Navigator for Addiction

The community navigator for addition assists people in finding the help they or a loved one needs for substance use disorders.  Call 2-1-1 or (701) 235-7335 for help. 

ND Dept of Human Services

Open Access is an opportunity for your to initiate mental health and substance use services without scheduling an appointment. Fargo Brochure

SAMHSA - Opioid Treatment Directory

View Opioid treatment centers by State.
 

ND Behavioral Health

Information about Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment Programs

ND Prevention & Resource Center

Information related to Overdoses in North Dakota.

ND Cares Providers

List of ND Cares providers in Fargo, ND.

Pharmacies that sell NARCAN®/naloxone

Search for a pharmacy that sells narcan locally.

Opioid Treatment Program (Fargo)

Addiction treatment and outpatient services in Fargo, ND.
 

Mayo Clinic - Signs & Symtoms of Drug Addiction

Signs and symptoms relating to drug addiction and substance abuse.

Buprenorphine Treatment Practitioner Locator

Find physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with by state.

Substance Use Disorder Voucher

Supports eligible individuals in their personal recovery by reducing financial barriers in accessing substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.