Just what we need — another law (and this is just another in a series of similar laws nationwide)
A Salt Lake lawmaker, responding to a rash of drug overdose deaths this year where panicked friends didn’t call 911 and watched the victims die, plans to introduce legislation that would make it a crime to not help someone they know is in trouble. Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Salt Lake City, will sponsor the bill that would make it a class B misdemeanor to not render aid.
Sure, the way to ease panicked friends (who are afraid of getting hit with a felony) into doing the right thing, is to threaten them with a misdemeanor.
The drug war causes these deaths, through uncertain doses, impurities, and lack of control. Excessive penalties, zero tolerance, and over-reaching prosecution make it certain that friends will be afraid to do anything. Putting another penalty on top of that won’t help.
If you want to save some lives, try something simple, like blanket amnesty for bringing someone to the ER. It’s easy. It would work. It would save lives. But these people aren’t actually interested in saving lives.