State News

December 22, 2013

Parents, student push for overdose reporting law

Several metro Atlanta residents are asking state lawmakers to pass legislation protecting drug users who call for help during an overdose.  

Georgia State University law student, Justin Leef, told WSB-TV a friend overdosed in 2011 and may have survived if the people with him weren’t afraid of taking him to a hospital.  

A Gwinnett County couple who lost their son in a heroin overdose in 2012 also supports the idea. They said three of their son’s friends told police they avoided driving to a hospital because they were afraid of being arrested.

The couple is pushing for Georgia lawmakers to enact a version of the Good Samaritan 911 Bill, which protects those seeking medical help during an overdose from prosecution.

Several states have already enacted versions of the legislation.

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