Drug overdoses can now be reported without legal backlash in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anyone in Michigan may report drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted for illegal possession or use under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The House voted last month to exempt people of any age from prosecution if they report an overdose from any illegal substance or they require medical assistance themselves. In a statement following Thursday’s signing, Snyder says it’s “another powerful tool in the efforts to fight prescription drug and opioid abuse across our state.”

Michigan law already protected people under 21 from charges when a medical emergency is reported that arises from prescription drug or painkiller abuse.

Supporters say the legislation will encourage people to call 911 and get help rather than be afraid of being charged criminally.

RELATED: Drug overdoses in Michigan can be reported no questions asked if new law passes

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