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Quinn Signs Drug Overdose Immunity Law

It's hoped new law will mean people will seek help if they or friends suffer a drug overdose

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    Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Monday that's meant to people to seek help if they or friends overdose on drugs.

    The law -- SB1701 -- offers immunity from prosecution on minor drug charges to people who seek medical treatment for an overdose. It's hoped that people will call for an ambulance or go to an emergency room without worrying that they'll end up in jail.

    Someone who is found with large amounts of drugs after reporting an overdose could still be charged. With heroin, for instance, immunity would not apply to someone carrying more than three grams.

    The law goes into effect June 1.

    Quinn also signed a bill Monday to retrofit Chicago red light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and parks.