PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed into law a measure that protects drug users or witnesses who call 911 to report an overdose.
“To save a life first and not worry about anything else thereafter. First to save a life and in return, the deal we’ll make with them is we won’t prosecute them,” Gov. Chris Christie told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
Christie said the other part of the Overdose Protection Act gives anyone the right to give the OD victim an antidote if they have one — without facing possible legal action.
“Saving the life first is the most important thing,” the governor said. “Drug abuse and addiction is a disease.”