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Michigan Youngsters Won't Face Backlash From Reporting Drug Overdoses

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Being a Good Samaritan in desperate times, will no longer land Michigan youngsters in jail. 

“This allows immunity for people under 21 if there is a medical emergency to get help. So, I think this is something that can save lives.”   

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Young Michiganders will not face drug charges when reporting life-threatening emergencies related to prescription drugs.  That’s under a bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law.  Republican state Representative Al Pscholka introduced the so-called “good Samaritan” law.  

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

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— Jake Neher is the State Capitol Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at

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