Gov. Christie Signs ‘Good Samaritan’ Overdose Bill Into Law, with Bon Jovi

Submission Date: May 2, 2013
Attributing Author: Jerry DeMarco

With Jon Bon Jovi joining him, Gov. Christie today signed the bipartisan Overdose Protection Act into law at a drug rehab center in Paterson — providing protection from prosecution to those who help overdose victims or those who administer antidotes in life-threatening situations.

New Jersey’s General Assembly on Monday approved the compromise Good Samaritan law, which  legislators said is aimed at helping to save lives and prevent drug overdoses.   The 68-2-6 vote came on a new measure that incorporates components of both the bill known as the “Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act,” which was conditionally vetoed by Gov. Christie that same day and the “Good Samaritan Act,” which he conditionally vetoed last fall.

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