- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill that would provide immunity from criminal prosecution for “good Samaritans” who assist victims of drug overdoses is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

The Senate approved the measure unanimously Wednesday, a week after it passed the House without a single “no” vote.

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign the legislation, which was spurred in part by a rash of heroin-related overdoses.

The bill is designed to save lives by encouraging people who are with someone experiencing an overdose to seek medical help without fear of legal repercussions for certain crimes.

The bill also would make the federally approved drug Naloxone more widely available in Pennsylvania to first responders, as well as relatives and friends of people with drug addictions. The drug reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids.

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