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Easy passage for bill aimed at heroin overdoses

Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota House has overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at making sure people aren't afraid to seek help in case of a drug overdose.

The bill is spurred by the heroin epidemic seen in much of the country. It's commonly known as "Steve's Law,'' after a former Minnesota resident who died of a heroin overdose in 2011.

It would give criminal immunity to anyone who calls emergency responders for help with an overdose, even if it's the caller who has taken the overdose. The legislation would also let non-health care professionals carry and administer drugs such as naloxone, which can help in such situations.

The Senate passed its own bill unanimously last month. The House bill goes back to the Senate due to an amendment added by the House.