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Governor signs Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law

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ATLANTA (WTOC) -

On Thursday mothers gathered around the governor's desk as he signed into law a bill that would prevent other mothers from having to lose their children to drug overdoses.

Overall, moms in the Savannah area were for the bill that would protect young people for trying to get their friends medical attention if they overdose.

From block parties to football tailgates and house parties, high school and college students don't have to look far to find a party. Often times, alcohol and drugs are included.

The new bill will prevent arrests from being made when only small amounts of an illegal substance are found following an emergency call.

First responders are now able to carry and administer naloxone and the new law also provides immunity to underage drinkers.

 

"I have a son who is four years old," said Faith Thornton. "If he grew up and I found out he had been drinking underage and he had some friends that overdrank, I would want him to get them some help, but I would not want him to drive. That is putting lives at risk."

"I think it is a good idea," said Renea Rozier. "I don't think they should not get in trouble for helping somebody."   

"They shouldn't get fined for helping somebody," said Nancy Davis.

In North Carolina it is believed that a similar law has saved at least 20 lives since it was passed last year.

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