Heroin bill discussions continue in the State House

Updated: Mar. 23, 2017 at 7:54 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lawmakers say there's a chance they can crush the heroin epidemic that's killing people and ruining lives by passing several bills in the State House.

The two plans will be discussed by senators next week.

One of the bills would put stricter consequences on the person who sold the lethal dose of the drug to a victim, making the offense an involuntary manslaughter. However, senators lowered the prison time from up to 15 years to 5.

The second bill up for discussion will be to somewhat pardon the drug user who calls for help when another user is overdosing.

The Senator and bill's sponsor says a drug user should not be thrown in jail if trying to save another person's life.

"But if you're willing to try to save a life, then we're not going to prosecute you for possession of heroin, even though you may be getting stoned right there along with the other person. You know, it's more important to try to save that life than put someone in jail," Senator Greg Hembree (R-Horry County) explained.

There is one senator holding up the immunity bill. The senator who sponsored the bill says he's trying to come to a compromise together before the bill is debated on the floor.

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