Bills aim to save lives, prevent overdose deaths

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 17:43:17-04

Those who are seeking medical assistance from themselves or others, will no longer need to fear prosecution in a case of a potential drug overdose.

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Good Samaritan expansion bills, with the hope to save lives and prevent overdose deaths in Michigan.

“The addiction epidemic in our state continues to claim too many lives and now Michiganders can seek help before more unnecessary deaths occur,” Snyder said. “This legislation is another powerful tool in the efforts to fight prescription drug and opioid abuse across our state.”  

House Bills 5649 and 5650, extend Michigan’s Good Samaritan exemption to all ages when seeking medical attention for a drug overdose. This expands a bill signed in 2015 that exempted individuals under the age of 21 from prosecution from drug-related charges when seeking medical aid for themselves, or someone else.