NC summit on drug overdoses planned

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A group that supports immunity from prosecution for some drug-related offenses is holding a summit on the issue.
 
The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is holding an Overdose Prevention Summit on Tuesday at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.
 
Organizers will discuss why they think North Carolina needs a 911 Good Samaritan law. Sens. Stan Bingham and Austin Allran last week filed a bill that provides limited immunity from prosecution for certain drug-related offenses.
 
That bill provides limited immunity to people who seek medical treatment for a drug overdose in some circumstances. It also provides immunity to someone who provides a drug such as naloxone to someone who overdosed. That drug is used in an emergency to counter the effects of an opiate overdose. 

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