Legislation that would provide immunity for those who report drug overdoses is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
House Bill 1149 was voted out of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Under current law, someone who calls 911 to get help for an overdose victim can be prosecuted for drug possession or other crimes and their telephone call can be used as evidence against them.
House Bill 1149 would prohibit the admission of certain evidence at a trial or hearing for lower-level drug possession violations.
The exclusion would only apply if the defendant provided their correct name and location, cooperated with emergency responders, and remained with the person needing medical attention until the responders arrived.