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R.I. Gov. Signing Overdose Law

A similar law expired in July when lawmakers were unable to renew it before the end of last year's session

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo plans to sign a good Samaritan law giving people immunity from drug charges if they call for medical help when someone is overdosing.

The Democrat has scheduled a signing ceremony for Wednesday afternoon with lawmakers and advocates at a recovery center in Pawtucket.

A similar law expired in July when lawmakers were unable to renew it before the end of last year's session.

Both chambers of the General Assembly swiftly passed the bill this month with bipartisan support and sent it to the governor on Tuesday night.

The new law also expands immunity to people at risk of violating probation or parole and protects from liability those who use medical treatments to stop an opioid overdose.

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