Immunity

Drug Overdoses
4:03 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bill to Protect Overdose Victims Advances in Senate

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee consider Senate Bill 419, the Overdose Prevention Act.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senators amended a bill in committee Thursday they felt contained too many loopholes for people seeking emergency assistance during a drug overdose.

Senate Bill 419 is known as the Overdose Prevention Act.

After interim study and recommendation by the Joint Committee on Health, it originally provided immunities for certain offenses for a person who seeks medical help for him or herself or aide for another person who is experiencing an overdose, but some senators were worried the immunities were too broad.

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