New Hampshire Passes Bill Granting Immunity from Prosecution to Victims of Drug Overdose

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Harbor Village comments on New Hampshire’s approval of Bill 270, which provides protection from arrest and prosecution to victims of overdose, according to an article by Union Leader.

The House of New Hampshire approved bill 270 which grants “limited immunity from arrest and prosecution to someone who seeks medical assistance for an overdose victim,

In the wake of increasing drug addiction and fatal overdoses around the country states are beginning to arm themselves with means to protect the populace from becoming exposed to drug addiction - and are striving to rehabilitate the victims suffering from the physical and psychological disease. Last Wednesday the House of New Hampshire approved bill 270 which grants “limited immunity from arrest and prosecution to someone who seeks medical assistance for an overdose victim,” according to the Union Leader on March, 7th.

Essentially, the bill protects citizens from helping victims of a fatal overdose if evidence of drug use or possession is elucidated as a result of seeking medical treatment for themselves or a victim of an overdose. In order to be granted immunity, the one helping a victim of overdose must remain at the scene until medical assistance or law enforcement officers arrive at the scene. The bill was constructed to help curb rates of overdose fatalities and encourage victims with a substance use disorder to seek help, and get immediate medical attention in the event of an overdose.

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center committed to helping the nation’s victims of substance use disorders. The addiction treatment facility is eager to see imminent change across the nation regarding the treatment of drug addicts and substance abusers.

An associate of Harbor Village Detox comments, “Although the bill does not grant immunity for the presence of alcohol consumption for persons under the age of 21, this serves as an important step towards decriminalizing the disease of addiction. The more awareness we’re able to spread around our communities, the better our resources will be able to provide, and reach, those suffering from drug addiction. There is no reason that anyone should ever die from an overdose when there is immediate treatment available, like narcan. The fact that New Hampshire is providing immunity from charges to those who actually seek help says a lot about their progressive legislation. I hope the rest of the nation will wake up to realize addiction should not be an arrestable offense, but treated as a medical condition that ruins the lives of the victim, those around them, and their surrounding communities.”

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center that is dedicated to providing the apex of addiction treatment to their immediate community of South Florida and beyond. Their classically trained addiction specialists help drug addicts and alcoholics isolate the causes of their addiction, and help them develop effective coaching strategies to combat future abuse and relapses. During drug and alcohol rehabilitation Harbor Village Detox offers patients extensive life coaching so that they have a plan after treatment, and avoid old environments of abuse that may precipitate addiction.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor Village Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.

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