Rhode Island lawmaker pushes to expand overdose immunity law
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state legislator is pushing to expand Rhode Island’s overdose immunity law to cover teens reporting alcohol-related emergencies.
WPRI-TV reports Rep. Kenneth Marshall recently introduced a bill that would expand the Good Samaritan Overdose Protection Act. The current law only applies to drug-related overdoses.
The Democrat says teenagers who witness an alcohol overdose shouldn’t fear legal consequences before calling 911. Marshall believes the bill can prevent deaths.
Marshall says the bill is in response to a Rhode Island teen who was one of 18 fraternity members charged in the hazing death of Pennsylvania State University student Timothy Piazza. Piazza fell down steps after an alcohol ritual.
Marshall said Piazza didn’t have to die and other students “wouldn’t carry the burden they do if that situation went differently.”
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com