“She told me the first time she ever tried an opioid, that it was the first relief she has had in years.” BJ Sanders, mother of Shelly Sanders, shares the loss of her daughter due to a heroin overdose in this short video made by The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.
Members of Shelly’s family advocate for saving lives of those who have overdosed by promoting the 911 Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone access. Under the 911 Good Samaritan Law, individuals who witness overdoses, as well as the overdose victim, are granted immunity from drug possession charges when they call 911. In such cases of overdose, Naloxone, an antagonist that can reverse the effects of overdoses, can be administered. With the help of The NCHRC, advocates, such as the Sanders, raise awareness of the 911 Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone to prevent any future deaths from overdoses.