- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Senate has passed a measure that would grant immunity for someone who calls authorities to report a drug overdose.

Republican Sen. Howard Anderson says his bill is aimed at saving lives. The retired Turtle Lake pharmacist says there have been cases in North Dakota in which drug overdoses have gone unreported for fear of criminal prosecution.

The Senate voted 46-0 Tuesday to approve the measure, with one senator absent. It now goes to the House for consideration.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 22 states have enacted some form of a drug immunity law.

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