UPDATE 12:50pm – Testimony continued today in the House on legislation that would protect people under 21 years of age from facing prescription drug-related charges when they report a medical emergency.
Lori Mizwicki, the mother of a Watervliet teenager who died recently, testified in favor of the legislation. She said she has already seen the positive impacts the measure has had.
The proposed bill is similar to a recently passed measure that provides immunity for those minors who report an alcohol-related medical emergency.
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Between 1999 and 2012 the number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Michigan went from 235 to 941.
It nearly quadrupled according to the state’s Department of Community Health.
Some say that’s a scary statistic.
Some of those deaths could have been prevented, if someone close by had just called for help, but some didn’t because they were scared to get in trouble.
One such case happened earlier this year.
According to police, Mason Mizwicki, a Western Michigan teen, died from a methadone overdose.
He had several friends with him at the time but official say they didn’t call police, because they might face drug charges.
In effort to prevent this from happening again a Michigan House Committee will discuss legislation introduced last month called the Good Samaritan Bill.
If passed the bill would give immunity to individuals under the age of 21 from facing prescription drug-related legal charges when reporting a medical emergency.