Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law Signed - WRBL

Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law Signed

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Gov. Deal Signs "Georgai 911 Medical Amnesty Law" Gov. Deal Signs "Georgai 911 Medical Amnesty Law"
A bill that proponents say will help save lives of people experiencing drug overdoses has been signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.  The "Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law" would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.  Supporters of the law argue some people are too afraid to call for medical help for themselves or others because they fear prosecution on drug charges.

Former Democratic congressional candidate Lesli Messinger, whose son Austin died of an overdose from the prescription painkiller Oxycontin, was in Atlanta for the signing.  Messinger thanked lawmakers, who overwhelmingly passed the bill.  "You can't believe the Moms I have talked to whose kids are dead because their friends did not want to get in trouble, " she said in an earlier interview with WSAV.

Some 17 states have passed similar so-called "Good Samaritan laws." 

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