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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