Legislative Spotlight: Alex’s Law Aims to Tackle Opioid Crisis

This article is the first in a series highlighting legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by State Representative Seth Lewis. 

A bill co-sponsored by State Representative Seth Lewis that could help prevent opioid overdose deaths recently passed the Illinois House of Representatives.

“Families throughout our state have been devastated by the opioid crisis,” said Lewis. “This law would give us a new tool to save lives and give people a second chance to overcome addiction.”

House Bill 3445, known as Alex’s Law, would allow a person who, in good faith, seeks emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing an opioid overdose to be protected from prosecution for possession. It also provides that same protection to someone experiencing an overdose who seeks help.

The legislation was inspired by the story of Alex Green, a 25-year-old-man who tragically died from a fentanyl and heroin overdose when, instead of getting help, a friend fled the scene. Had this law been in place, Green’s friend could have gone for help without fearing personal legal repercussions. 

Alex’s Law passed out of the House on a unanimous roll call and now awaits action in the Illinois Senate. Follow the legislation’s progress here.