LANSING (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law letting people under age 21 report a prescription drug overdose without having to worry about facing criminal charges.

The “Good Samaritan” exemption enacted Wednesday is similar to a Michigan law already on the books for minors who help someone in danger from alcohol intoxication.

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The new law exempts individuals age 20 and younger from prosecution for illegally using or possessing prescription drugs if a health emergency is reported to authorities. It applies regardless of whether someone seeks medical attention for himself or herself, or if another person calls 911 for help.

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Suspected drug dealers with higher quantities than is sufficient for personal use will not qualify for immunity.

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