OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6554

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING A DRUG OVERDOSE.

SUMMARY:

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

POSSESSION PENALTIES

Drugs

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.

Drug Paraphernalia

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.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

45

Nay

0

(04/14/2011)