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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House and Senate Wednesday passed a bill to allow firefighters and police to inject a medicine that could save drug overdose victims.

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The House passed the bill 130-0 Wednesday, followed by a Senate 65-0 tally.

Known as "Steve's Law" after an overdose victim who died, the bill gives public safety personal immunity from prosecution for injecting the drug into people who they think have overdosed on dangerous drugs. The drug can save the lives of overdose victims.

"This vote is going to be a vote to stand up and say 'I want to keep people alive,'" said bill sponsor by Rep. Dan Schoen, D-St. Paul Park, a Cottage Grove police officer.

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