LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Anyone in Michigan could report drug overdoses without fear of legal consequences under legislation approved by the House.
The House passed two bills Thursday that would expand a law exempting people from prosecution if they report an overdose from an illegal substance. The bills now go to the Senate.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Where are the Female CEOs in Michigan?
The protections would extend to people of any age for any controlled substance. A 2015 law protects people under 21 from certain drug charges.READ MORE: MSU Police: Tip From Private Investigator Led To Discovery Of Body Believed To Be Brendan Santo
It was motivated by Mason Mizwicki’s death. He overdosed on prescription drugs at a New Year’s Eve party while surrounded by friends who didn’t dial 911 because they feared prosecution.MORE NEWS: Consumer Alert: How To Avoid Fake N95, KN95 Masks
Republican Rep. Al Pscholka says Mizwicki’s death isn’t his legacy “but the lives that are being saved.”