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Croton Teens Create Good Samaritan PSA

Croton teens recently created a public service announcement to let people know of the Good Samaritan law.
Croton teens recently created a public service announcement to let people know of the Good Samaritan law. Video Credit: Croton Coalition

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- New Yorkers can learn about the state's Good Samaritan law from some Croton teens.

The teens completed production on a 30 second public service announcement that is running on Optimum TV channels in the Croton area.

The public awareness campaign focuses on the law that protects individuals who call 911 to obtain medical help for someone who has overdosed on drugs or alcohol while in their presence.

Students from the high school's Teen Leadership Council developed the concept and wrote the script while a professional TV producer worked with the students to bring their concept to life. The video was shot, starring a group of Croton teens, from the “point of view” of a teenager who consumed too much alcohol.

Students appearing in the spot initially debate whether they should call 911, but in the end, they do, possibly saving his life.

The teens chose the topic because they feared that other teens are not aware of the law and the protections it offers them. Additionally, they heard about a local incident where medical help was delayed to an overdose victim because the victim's companions were concerned about the repercussions of calling 911.

“I want to commend the students for educating the public on this important topic and for committing to the hours it took to complete the project,” said Laurie Dean, chairwoman of the Croton Community Coalition.

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