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Delaware Law Offers Immunity In Reporting Drug Overdoses

Delaware Governor Jack Markell (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Delaware Governor Jack Markell (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

The bill also grants immunity from prosecution for offenses related to underage drinking.

Lawmakers approved the bill only after exempting higher level drug felonies from its immunity protections, a change that critics said seriously weakens the bill and will discourage reporting.

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