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February 07, 2020

Virginia Seeks to Combat Fear of Contacting Authorities in Overdose

Virginia lawmakers are trying to combat the apprehension that exists in  calling for help during an opioid overdose. Currently, state law only offers an affirmative defense from prosecution for possessing or purchasing drugs and removed the requirement that those “reporting an overdose participate in a criminal investigation.” Senate Bill 667 “proposes immunity for people who report overdoses, meaning no charges would be filed.” Drug overdose has been one of the leading causes of unnatural deaths in Virginia since 2013. This fear of legal consequence is one the most common reasons that preventable overdose deaths occur.