Ohio ACLU Calls on City to Stop Charging People With Inducing Panic When They Overdose
The ACLU of Ohio is urging the Washington Courthouse to stop its practice of charging people who need to be revived with an anti-overdose antidote.
Elizabeth Bonham, a staff attorney for the ACLU, says it makes no sense to punish anyone who is looking for help.
“If the police and EMS merely having to do their jobs could be criminalized, then every time a police officer responded to a range of things from a domestic violence situation to someone needing to get their cat down out of a tree, they could be charged under this statute.”
According to the ACLU, 12 people have been charged under the law in the Washington Courthouse since February.
The city has said its strategy is aimed at helping authorities track overdose victims and offer them aid.