Drug Concerns, Warning Signs, and Immunity Laws

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The Grand Forks Police Department continues to respond to and see a serious increase in opiate and synthetic opiate related overdoses.  This is a serious issue and many issues are working together to try and combat this serious issue.

The effects of an overdose can sometimes be minimized with prompt medical attention. The Grand Forks Police Department urges people to call 911 if they see any erratic or unusual behavior, in a friend or loved one. More information on symptoms can be obtained from the Grand Forks Police Department’s website at: http://www.grandforksgov.com/government/police and our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Grand-Forks-Police-Department/117998994910029

Common signs and symptoms of an overdose:

  • Seizures
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Delusions
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Chest pain
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to speak
  • Overheating–

(usually followed by tearing off clothing)


  • Restlessness
  • Euphoria
  • Dry mouth
  • Constricted pupils
  • “Heavy or Dopey” feeling
  • Slowed breathing
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations



    Drug and Alcohol Immunity:  

    Drug overdoses have been occurring more and more in our region. It was recently reported that an overdose victim was left in a hospital parking lot in our region. The Grand Forks Police Department wants you to know that there are protections in state law if you assist an individual suffering a drug overdose. Remember what is important here…..Saving a Life.


    Immunity from criminal prosecution is granted if a citizen seeks medical assistance for another who is in need of emergency medical assistance due to a drug overdose. To qualify you must:

    • Remain on scene until assistance arrives.
    • Cooperate with the medical treatment.
    • And the overdosed individual must be in need of emergency medical services.

    Immunity does not only apply to drug overdoses.  There is also immunity for someone suffering from over consumption of alcohol. To qualify you must:

    • Provide assistance to the intoxicated subject until emergency medical services arrive.
    • Remain on scene until assistance arrives.
    • Cooperate with the medical treatment.

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