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First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-224
An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose)
AS PASSED
BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
November 2, 2016
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SUMMARY
This enactment amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in order to exempt from charges for possession a person who seeks emergency medical or law enforcement assistance for themselves or another person following overdosing on a controlled substance.
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1st Session, 42nd Parliament,
64-65 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-224
An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose)
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Short Title
1This Act may be cited as the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
1996, c. 19

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

2The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is amended by adding the following after section 4:
Definition of overdose
4.‍1(1)For the purposes of this section, overdose means a physiological event induced by the introduction of a controlled substance into the body of a person that results in a life-threatening situation and that a reasonable person would believe requires emergency medical or law enforcement assistance.
Exemption from possession of substance charges
(2)No one who seeks emergency medical or law enforcement assistance because they, or another person, are suffering from an overdose is to be charged under subsection 4(1) if the evidence in support of that offence was obtained or discovered as a result of that person having sought assistance and having remained at the scene.
Precision
(3)The exemption under subsection (2) applies to any person who is at the scene upon the arrival of the emergency medical or law enforcement assistance.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons

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