The overarching purpose of the Overdose Prevention Act is to encourage individuals to seek immediate medical assistance whenever a drug overdose occurs. In the past, there have been times when individuals were unwilling or reluctant to call authorities for help for fear that this might lead to an arrest or prosecution for illegal drug use or possession. An individual experiencing a drug overdose needs to receive medical assistance as quickly as possible. The Overdose Prevention Act alleviates the fear of arrest and prosecution. The law provides legal protection in the form of immunity from arrest, prosecution or conviction for use or simple possession drug charge when a person, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for him/herself or for another individual. The request for medical assistance that triggers the law's immunity feature may be made by means of the 911 telephone emergency system or by any other means.