Trends and Talkers: Drug AmnestyUPDATED 9:56 PM HST Dec 02, 2013Video Transcript
for those who call 911 after witnessing a drug overdose? That's the question we posed to you on our facebook page today. Yesterday we told you about a renewed effort to pass a "good Samaritan" Bill, that would offer those who call 911 during a medical emergency protection from prosecution. Hawaii's drug overdose problem has become more deadly than drownings, car crashes or pedestrian fatalities. Supporters say granting amnesty to folks who call 9-11 would save lives, but opponents say it sends the wrong message the dangers of drugs. On facebook Joe Jackson says, Yes! To amnesty, "There should never be any disincentive to getting someone help." Deborah Dean writes, "Yes, because substance abuse is a public health issue and not a criminal issue." But Benjamin Thiel counters, "No! Most drugs are illegal for a reason. That reason is because they are dangerous! If two people are out partaking in these extremely dangerous activities and one takes a little too much, then the partner has two choices to make either get his friend help and take the charge for participating in illegal drug use but have the good conscience that he saved his idiot friends life, or he could allow his idiot friend to die and still get the drug charge PLUS a murder charge. On top of that, the death penalty should be brought back and the idiot who allowed his friend to overdose and die should also be executed! Clearly, a hot topic. Efforts to pass a measure failed this legislative session, but supporters will give it another shot in January. Head to facebook and let us know Where do you stand on amnesty for 9-11 callers. Paula?