The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that would protect people who call 911 for someone experiencing an overdose. The State Senate already passed the controversial bill.
The bill would encourage bystanders to call 911 in case someone is overdosing. The bill would offer the caller immunity from prosecution for using or possessing illicit substances like heroin. It would also protect them from being arrested for a probation or parole violation.
Previously, the state’s attorney general worried the bill could hamstring law enforcement trying to get illegal drugs off the streets. The latest version addresses that concern. It would not protect anyone manufacturing or selling illicit drugs like heroin. Without this law on the books, anyone who calls about an overdose could be arrested for possessing an illegal substance or violating probation or parole. Advocates worry that will discourage people from calling for help.
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