Lawmaker may push drug overdose protection bill

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana lawmaker who helped pass a law shielding people from prosecution if they seek help in an emergency for someone drinking illegally is considering expanding the bill to include drug cases.

Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian tells the Times in Munster that the protection is worth it to save a life.

The Network for Public Health Law reports only 11 states have laws encouraging Samaritans to seek help in drug overdose cases. Some of the laws shield people from prosecution on drug charges. Others ask the courts to consider the role the Samaritan played at the time of sentencing.

Jean Whittemore hopes Indiana joins that group. She lost her son in February to a heroin overdose after a friend didn't seek help.

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