Know Your Rights

No employee, volunteer, or participant of the syringe exchange can be charged with possession of syringes or other injection supplies, or with residual amounts of controlled substances in them, obtained from or returned to a syringe exchange. Syringe exchange programs will supply a card, a letter, or other documentation to each participant stating that they obtained their syringes from the exchange.

Prior to searching a person, a person's premises, or a person's vehicle, an officer may ask the person whether the person is in possession of a hypodermic needle or other sharp object that may cut or puncture the officer or whether such a hypodermic needle or other sharp object is on the premises or in the vehicle to be searched. If there is a hypodermic needle or other sharp object on the person, on the persons premises, or in the person's vehicle and the person alerts the officer of that fact prior to the search, the person shall not be charged with or prosecuted for possession of drug paraphernalia for the needle or sharp object or for residual amounts of a controlled substance contained in the needle or sharp object.

G.S. 90-96.2 "Good Samaritan Law"

Effective April 9, 2013, individuals who experience a drug overdose or persons who witness an overdose and seek help for the victim can no longer be prosecuted for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia, or underage drinking. The purpose of this law is to remove the fear of criminal repercussions for calling 911 to report an overdose, and instead focus efforts on getting help to the victim.