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Senate moves on Overdose Prevention Act

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia Senate committee has moved forward on a good Samaritan law for those seeking medical assistance for drug or alcohol overdose.

The West Virginia Overdose Prevention Act grants immunity from arrest and prosecution to individuals seeking medical attention for themselves or another. Under this bill, individuals couldn’t be cited for public intoxication, underage drinking, or procession or delivery of a controlled substance. Those seeking medical care for another would have to provide their name to law enforcement and cooperate with officials.

This bill does not grant amnesty based on information gained from another source or as part of a separate investigation.

The bill has been passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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