“They left him, he died three blocks from this house,” said Tracy Lawrence-Felton of Hanover. According to Tracy, none of the people her son, 20-year-old Aaron Lawrence, were with the night he overdosed on heroin called for help.
“That’s one of the hardest things in the world is to plan your child’s funeral,” said Lawrence-Felton. “In an instant you could be us, you could be totally effected and have your life ripped apart by heroin.”
Senate Bill 164 was just put on Governor Tom Corbett’s desk to pass into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously.
“It’s a wonderful thing I really think it’s going to save so many,” said Lawrence-Felton.
Immunity would be granted to people who call for help in an overdose situation. Instead of having people run scared and leaving a friend behind to die, this bill would curb that behavior and encourage anyone to call for help with no fear of prosecution.
It would also put the opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone or Narcan in the hands of first responders. “Now with this we have the ability to save hundreds,” said Lawrence-Felton.