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Ill. drug abusers seeking medical help could receive legal immunity under Senate bill

  1. Balzafire
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois drug abusers who seek medical assistance following an overdose would receive legal immunity under a bill moving through the General Assembly.

    Sen. Emil Jones III is one of the legislation's sponsors. The Chicago Democrat says it will encourage drug abusers to enter rehabilitation and save lives.

    The bill passed Thursday without opposition and now heads to the House.

    Jones says many drug abusers die because they avoid medical help for fear of being arrested for drug possession.

    The bill only offers immunity for limited possession of a controlled substance. Exceeding various amounts of a drug would qualify as drug trafficking and negate immunity.

    The bill is SB1701.

    Associated Press
    April 16, 2011


  1. kailey_elise
    Re: Ill. drug abusers seeking medical help could receive legal immunity under Senate

    This is AWESOME! Such a huge & important step!

    They're trying to get "Good Samaritan" laws passed in my area; that way, if you're with someone who ODs you can call for help without worrying that the cops will arrest you for being "knowingly in the presence where drugs are sold/used" & other obnoxious laws that only serve to help people die.

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