Overdose reporting immunity bill clears Colorado Legislature

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- A proposal to encourage drug users to report overdoses has cleared the Colorado Legislature. A bill giving limited criminal immunity to people who report overdoses passed the Colorado House Monday and has already passed the Senate.

A few other states already have so-called "911 Good Samaritan" laws giving limited immunity to overdose reporters. Advocates say drug users sometimes don't report overdosing friends because they're afraid of facing legal trouble themselves.

Colorado's measure would require overdose reporters to remain at the scene of the event until law enforcement or emergency medical personnel arrive. They would also have to identify themselves and cooperate with authorities.

The bill now awaits the signature of the governor before becoming law.

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  • by om on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
    Umm are u an idiot this story is about giving people who report a friend overdosing on drugs immunity which means they wont face criminal charges for doing drugs but their friend wont just die on the floor cuz they are scared to call 911. try actually reading the story first
  • by FFS on Mar 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Dont women already have immunity? It is after all, their body. Or is it only when they are pregnant?
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      by Luke on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM in reply to FFS
      You shouldn't smoke or shoot up or snort before you get on the computer, you won't know where you are or what you are commenting on.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM in reply to Luke
        Are you people so idiotic that you fail to see the analogy drawn? Wow! I am amazed you can work that tv with buttons in front of you.
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