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Arizona Lawmaker Introduces Good Samaritan Bill For Reporting Drug Overdoses

An Arizona lawmaker wants to give immunity to those who call 911 to report a drug overdose.

Most states have what’s known as a 911 Good Samaritan Law, but Arizona doesn’t - at least not yet. As the opioid crisis claims more lives, state health officials have recommended that the legislature pass such a law.

Now Republican State Rep. Jay Lawrence has introduced a bill that would protect someone who calls the police because of an overdose from being prosecuted under state drug laws.

The idea is to get more people to call without fear and save lives.

Democrats have unsuccessfully introduced such legislation before and it’s gone nowhere.

Some conservative in Arizona’s law enforcement community, including Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, had said such a law isn’t necessary and could make it easier for people to use drug.

Gov. Doug Ducey hasn’t taken an official position on the proposal, but has said it is something they would consider as a part of a broader legislative package.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.