Lawmakers push bill that would save overdose victims

Some Long Island lawmakers are backing a bill that would allow police to overlook minor drug violations of witnesses and users who call for help at the time of a drug overdose.

The Good Samaritan bill has received support from some officials and the Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Some recovering drug addicts say there is a culture of failing to report drug-related health issues because of the fear of being arrested.

According to LICADD, the bill focuses on getting life-saving care for anyone overdosing on a drug. The bill is currently in the Assembly Rules Committee. Supporters hope legislators will take a full vote soon.

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