Mayor Slay signs 'Good Samaritan Law' Friday - KMOV.com

Mayor Slay signs 'Good Samaritan Law' Friday

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Friday, the City of St. Louis took another step to fight the alarming heroin epidemic when Mayor Francis Slay signed the so-called “Good Samaritan” bill into law.

The law will allow heroin users to call 911 for someone during an overdose without the fear of facing drug possession charges, but they would still be able to be arrested for other crimes.

Law enforcement officials and drug abuse experts have called heroin use in the region an epidemic. Officials said 130 people died of overdoses in the city in 2015. According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, there are more than a million heroin users throughout the nation.

Alderwoman Cara Spencer sponsored the bill, which has the support of the police chief and circuit attorney.

Missouri state lawmakers have been considering a similar bill and Illinois already has the law on the books.

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