Illinois Laws Do Not Protect Overdose Victims Who Need Medical Help

According to authorities the area have a 50 % more higher rate of  people with heroin problems than New York, which ranked second. Many of those in that situation are refusing to use the emergency medical services because of fear to be arrested.

In 2006, a man in St. Charles died when his friends, unable to revive him from a heroin overdose, left him in a public park. Experts say the man would have lived if he had been taken to a hospital. In seeking to avoid prosecution for drugs themselves, his friends were later charged with drug-induced homicide, and both are now in prison.

The Illinois Legislature has considered bills similar to those in Washington and New Mexico during the last two legislative sessions, but neither bill has passed. One bill that did pass last year makes the administration of opiate antidotes (such as would be used to prevent heroin overdose) open to more people, not just medical professionals.

Laws should be designed to protect public safety and welfare – not to provide barriers to care for those in need of medical attention. A Good Samaritan law preventing criminal prosecution would help to ensure the welfare of people in Illinois, and the state legislature should take a careful look at this issue.

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Posted by S.Keslar on Aug 30 2010. Filed under Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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