Legal Immunity Bill Proposed For Medical Emergencies

By: KLKN Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing legal immunity for drug users who call for help during a medical emergency, saying America’s rising rate of drug overdose deaths demands it.

Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said he will introduce a bill this week that would shield users from possession charges if they seek help for themselves or someone else who is overdosing.

The bill would apply to all drug possession charges, including felonies. Morfeld says that as Nebraska’s prescription drug monitoring technology improves, people will turn to other substances such as heroin, and Nebraska authorities need resources to prevent overdose deaths.

Last year, the Legislature passed a measure that allows immunity for minors seeking help for themselves or someone else in need of immediate medical attention due to alcohol poisoning.