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Senate pushes to expand OD immunity protections

Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española

SANTA FE — The state Senate is hoping to encourage more people to seek emergency help when a friend or family member suffers a drug overdose.

The Senate voted 41-0 on Friday in favor of legislation that would expand immunity protections for people who report an overdose so that New Mexico’s “good Samaritan law” covers people on probation or parole or who are the subject of a restraining order.

Senate Bill 282 — sponsored by Democratic Sen. Richard Martinez of Española and Carlos Cisneros of Questa — now heads to the House.

“This is going to save more lives,” Martinez said.



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