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Missouri Bill Would Protect “Good Samaritans” In Heroin Overdoses

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Jeannie Gore (R) lost a son to a heroin overdose. She attended a Heroin Kills rally in St. Louis on Saturday, May 19, 2012 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Jeannie Gore (R) lost a son to a heroin overdose. She attended a Heroin Kills rally in St. Louis on Saturday, May 19, 2012 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMOX) - A Missouri state lawmaker says drug users should not face fines or jail time if they dial 911 for friends who overdose.

Members of St. Louis Heroin Help rallied outside the Missouri Capitol Tuesday for the “Good Samaritan” bill.

St. Louis resident Kelly O’Connell says her son died because whomever was with him was too afraid to call police when her son overdosed.

“If that person had called 911 my son possibly could be standing right here today,” she said.

Republican Rep. Bryan Spencer, the bill’s sponsor, says some people believe the measure is too soft in the “War on Drugs.”

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