Law protecting 911 callers reporting overdoses set to expire

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A law that protects Rhode Islanders who call 911 to assist drug overdose victims is set to expire July 1, after state lawmakers failed to agree on the terms of its reauthorization.

The law offers limited immunity from drug charges for someone seeking medical assistance at the scene of an overdose.

The Providence Journal reports that a bill approved by the Senate last month would have expanded the immunity provision to include anyone involved in the delivery or sale of a controlled substance, as well as probation or parole violators.

State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin opposed the expansion provision, saying it would limit prosecution of drug crimes.

The General Assembly adjourned Thursday night with both sides failing to approve one bill that would reauthorize the law.

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