Posted: Sunday, December 22nd 2013 at 10:10pm
Parents, student push for overdose reporting law
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- 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 ( http://bit.ly/1e30sTx ) 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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