Gov. Deal Signs "Medical Amnesty" Bill

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

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News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 24, 2014, 5pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

Deal signed the bill Thursday, and it takes immediate effect. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the "Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law."

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. The law would grant amnesty only on drug possession charges when amounts are small.

Supporters say the bill won't help drug dealers, but could save lives.

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


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: March 13, 2014, 9pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia senators have approved a plan to create legal protections for overdose victims or anyone who calls for medical assistance on their behalf.

Families of overdose victims have pushed what's being called the 911 Medical Amnesty Law.

The Senate version would effectively bar law enforcement from making drug or certain alcohol-related arrests based on medical assistance calls, as long as only small amounts of illegal substances are involved.

The immunity would apply to the person suffering from an overdose and to anyone who calls for help on their behalf. The bills states that immunity would not bar prosecutions resulting from other investigations.

Senators changed the bill so it would protect minors from alcohol possession charges.

The proposal now goes back to the House, which will consider the Senate version.


News Release: Associated Press News

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia House has approved a bill granting amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical attention in the event of a drug overdose.

Lawmakers passed the bill 144-20 on Tuesday, and it now heads to the Georgia Senate for consideration.

Republican Rep. Sharon Cooper of Marietta says she sponsored the "Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law" after hearing from parents of several young adults that had died of drug overdoses. At least 14 other states have adopted similar laws, which grant amnesty from drug possession charges when amounts are small.

Several parents attended Tuesday's vote. Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Smith says her 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, died last year because people were too afraid to call 911. She says the bill is "taking that fear out of it."


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