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House rethinks overdose reporting bill

Published January 30, 2014 7:57 pm

HB11 • Now allows reporters of overdose to remain anonymous for immunity.
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After thinking about it for a day, the House decided Thursday to allow people to remain anonymous and still obtain immunity for obtaining medical help for someone suffering from an overdose.

Although HB11 had passed unanimously on Wednesday, several members had worried aloud that its provisions requiring people to provide their personal identification to qualify for immunity could scare away some people.

So the House brought up the bill again and removed those requirements, allowing immunity for anyone who seeks help for a person who has overdosed, stays with that person and cooperates with emergency responders. That change was also approved unanimously.

"I think it will improve the bill and improve the possibility that more people will report overdose incidents and can save more lives. That's the purpose of this bill in the first place," said Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay, the bill's sponsor.

Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, offered the amendment saying it will make it "easier to market this change if we don't have to raise a red flag that says, 'By the way if you do this, you're going to have to provide your personal identification.'"

The bill now goes to the Senate.




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