Immunities in Drug Emergency Assistances

Ohio Representatives Robert Sprague & Denise Driehaus introduced a bill on  11/26/2013 seeking  to provide an immunity from arrest, prosecution, conviction, or supervised release sanctioning for minor drug- possession offenses for a person who seeks or obtains medical assistance for him/her-self or another person who is experiencing a medical emergency as a result of ingesting drugs or alcohol, or for a person  experiencing such a medical emergency and for whom medical assistance is sought.

The bill would substantially provide that…

   “Sec. 2925.11(B) (2)(a) A person acting in good faith who seeks or obtains medical assistance for another person who is experiencing a medical emergency as a result of ingesting drugs or alcohol shall not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted, or penalized pursuant to this chapter for a minor drug possession offense or be found in violation of any community control sanction or post-release control sanction based on a minor drug possession offense if the evidence of the obtaining, possession, or use of the controlled substance or controlled substance analog that would be the basis of the offense was obtained as a result of the person seeking the medical assistance……

Text of Introduced Bill