Families urge lawmakers to protect overdose victims from arrests

An emotional appeal was made to state lawmakers today by families who've lost loved ones to drug overdoses. The family members are urging passage of

WOODBURY - An emotional appeal was made to state lawmakers today by families who've lost loved ones to drug overdoses.

The family members are urging passage of legislation, dubbed the 911 Good Samaritan Bill, that allows the victim of a drug overdose - or anyone who sees an overdose happening - to call authorities and not face charges.

The state Assembly passed the bill last year, but the Senate has not acted on it. Officials say within the past year 300 Long Islanders died of opiate-related overdoses.

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