Snyder signs ‘good Samaritan’ law extension

Michael Gerstein
DetroitNews-Unknown

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday that essentially grants amnesty to people seeking medical help for a drug overdose.

The so-called “good Samaritan” law extension lets people of all ages seek medical assistance for a drug overdose or potential drug overdose “without fear of prosecution,” according to Snyder’s office.

“The addiction epidemic in our state continues to claim too many lives and now Michiganders can seek help before more unnecessary deaths occur,” Snyder said in a statement Thursday. “This legislation is another powerful tool in the efforts to fight prescription drug and opioid abuse across our state.”

Stevensville Republican Rep. Al Pscholka and East Lansing Democratic Rep. Sam Singh sponsored the two-bill package that extends Michigan’s existing good Samaritan law to people of all ages, extending a 2015 law that protects people under the age of 21 from criminal drug charges in cases where they ask for medical help for themselves or someone else.

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