Senate Amends Bill Giving Immunity To People Who Report Overdoses

Jun 4, 2015

The Senate has passed a bill giving immunity to those who report drug overdoses in only certain situations.

The measure aims to encourage people to call 911 by removing the fear of facing any jail time.

But the included amendment, introduced by Sen. Molly Kelly,  is to make sure only true witnesses are given this immunity.

“So the language that was taken out was any thought or anyone would think that they would have immunity from domestic violence, rape or murder,” she told her fellow colleagues.

The bill has now been sent back to the House as amended. Last year more than 320 people in the state died from a drug overdose.