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March 4, 2014

Lifeline Law expansion passes Indiana House

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“As a former professional firefighter, I am co-sponsoring this legislation not only for the necessary updates that it makes to the Lifeline Law but also because it will allow officials, such as first responders, police officers and firefighters, to administer an overdose prevention drug,” Frye revealed. “When you’re trained as a firefighter or a police officer, you are taught to put the public’s safety first and protect the most vulnerable. When you arrive on the scene and someone has clearly overdosed but you are unable to help them, that goes against every instinct that you have. This change to our current law will allow our public safety officers more freedom to complete their jobs to the best of the abilities.”

Another portion of SB 227 would require either the State Department of Health or the Office of Women’s Health to determine the number of victims of sexual or domestic violence in the state, establish reasons why these crimes go underreported, develop ways to improve reporting and come up with effective methods to connect victims with the help they need.

If enacted, the bill will go into effect July 1.

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