As it turns out, drug overdose is the second leading cause of injury and death in the United States. But to seek medical treatment for overdose is to risk criminalization for drug possession.
A new bill, AB 472, is on its way to be signed by the Governor. Under this bill, the Health and Safety Code will disallow prosecution for possession of folks seeking emergency treatment for overdose for themselves, or others. It will not affect prosecution of other drug-related issues, such as violations of the vehicle code or other dangerous behaviors.