6/15/16 – 5:14 A.M.
A Findlay man stood beside Governor John Kasich this week as he signed a bill designed to prevent drug overdose deaths. Tony Grotian’s grandson died of a heroin overdose in 2009, and he tells the Courier he is a big supporter of the “Good Samaritan” law. Grotian says, “Whatever I have to do to try to save some other family from the grief my family’s gone through. That was my whole goal.”
The new law prevents people from being charged with minor drug crimes if they are calling for help. Grotian has long thought others were with his grandson the day he died, but didn’t call for help because they didn’t want to be prosecuted.
While the law prevents prosecution for minor drug crimes, drug dealers and people already under community control will not be granted immunity. The law also only allows someone to be granted immunity twice.
State Representative Robert Sprague helped design the bill. He says it’s part of a larger package of bills designed to fight addiction in Ohio.
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