Should Overdose Reporters Be Charged?

People who report a drug overdose may no longer be subjected to drug charges in Wyoming. A bill that would provide immunity to anyone who reports an overdose to authorities passed a first reading yesterday in the State Senate. The immunity would relate to possession and drug use charges, but depending on the situation, may not apply to drug trafficking charges. Proponents of the bill say that if the penalties were removed for overdose reporters, people would be more likely to contact emergency personnel in the event of an overdose, which could help save lives in the state. Opponents question whether or not it is prudent to offer immunity to people who are knowingly violating the states laws.  The bill, which has already been passed by the Wyoming House of Representatives, must be voted on twice more by the Senate, before it is sent to Governor Matt Mead’s desk for a signature.

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