OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING A DRUG OVERDOSE.
This bill prohibits prosecuting a person for possessing drug or drug paraphernalia based solely on discovery of evidence arising from that person's efforts to seek medical assistance for a drug overdose. It applies to anyone who:
1. in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose or
2. is experiencing a drug overdose and he or she or another person, in good faith, seeks medical attention.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2011
Penalties for drug possession vary considerably depending on the type of drug and quantity involved. They range from (1) imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $ 1,000, or both to (2) imprisonment for up to 25 years, a fine of up to $ 250,000, or both.
Penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia vary depending on whether the paraphernalia is for personal use or sale. It ranges from imprisonment for up to three months, a fine of up to $ 500, or both to imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $ 2,000, or both.