House Passes "Good Samaritan" Law on 911 Calls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A bill that would prevent criminal charges against anyone who calls 911 to report a drug overdose has
been unanimously approved by the Florida House.

The bill (HB 91) is called the "911 Good Samaritan Act" and
next goes to the Senate.

A staff analysis explains that users often do drugs together. The measure would encourage people to call 911 for help if they knew someone else with them was overdosing and could be sure they themselves wouldn't get arrested on drug charges.

The bill also ensures that charges wouldn't be filed against the
person needing medical help.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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