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Bill OK'd to offer immunity for reporting drug overdose

LANSING, (AP) - People under age 21 could avoid criminal charges when reporting a prescription drug overdose under legislation nearing final passage in Michigan.

The bill exempts people age 20 and younger from prosecution for illegally using painkillers and other prescription drugs if a health emergency is reported to authorities.

The Senate approved the legislation Wednesday.

The House, which previously passed the bill, is expected to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

Rep. Al Pscholka introduced the legislation after a teen died when party goers reportedly didn't get him help because they feared getting in trouble.

Some feel the criminal immunity should apply to all ages and heroin and cocaine overdoses.

Michigan already has a "Good Samaritan" exemption for minors assisting someone in danger from alcohol intoxication.

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