Lawmakers ponder immunity in overdose cases - KMOV.com

Lawmakers ponder immunity in overdose cases

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Kathie Kane-Willis faced a life-and-death dilemma: Her boyfriend was going into cardiac arrest from a drug overdose. Would she be arrested if she called for help?

If a law had been in place offering legal immunity to drug users who overdose and the person who calls for medical assistance, Kane-Willis would have had an easier decision.

Along with the parents of overdose victims, she now is one of the principal advocates of a bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly that would offer that immunity.

Opponents fear the legislation would let drug abusers and dealers off the hook, but Kane-Willis and other supporters say it's simply meant to save lives.

Kane-Willis said she ultimately made the call for help, but she didn't count on the decision being so difficult.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by Frankly