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Lawmakers OK bill for those seeking overdose help

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — People seeking medical attention for someone overdosing on drugs would be protected from prosecution under a bill that has passed the New Jersey Legislature.

Both the Senate and Assembly approved the measure Monday. It would protect those who seek medical assistance if they act in good faith to help someone.

The bill also allows healthcare professionals to treat overdosing victims with naloxone. The drug counteracts life-threatening depression of the central nervous system.

The measure is a hybrid of two bills that were conditionally vetoed by Gov. Christie.

The new bill narrows the scope of who is protected.

It no longer allows the good Samaritan to be immune to restraining order violation sanctions. Parole and probation terms would be modified, instead of revoked, and contraband is now subject to forfeiture.