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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Donald Trump will be sworn in as 45th 1 Donald Trump to be sworn in as President today
The ceremony will take place at 11:30 2 News 12 joins Babylon H.S. students heading to inauguration
News 12's Rich Barrabi interviewed some Long Islanders 3 What does Trump's presidency mean for Long Island?
In Chopper 12 video, smoke can be seen 4 Crews battle fire at building in Massapequa
Malique Shelton, of Roosevelt, will be arraigned today 5 Police: Teen charged in 2 separate killings in Roosevelt

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE