By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill on the way to his desk intended to prevent deaths from drug overdoses by giving a break to family members or companions who assist victims.

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The bill given final legislative approval by the Senate was sponsored by Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, who says over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania:

“This bill will save lives by giving ‘Good Samaritan’ immunity from prosecution for certain drug crimes to individuals who seek help when a friend or companion suffers a drug overdose.”

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The bill contains provisions that will also make a federally approved anti-overdose drug more widely available.

First responders will be trained to use the drug and the bill would also provide immunity to family or friends who administer the anti-overdose drug to a victim.

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