By Thanksgiving, Laura had spent 30 days in a residential program. Her parents had planned a trip to Florida for the holidays. However, when they needed to leave, Laura could not be found. She had bumped into an old friend who was using drugs. Laura relapsed again that evening. Though she didn’t touch heroin, they drank alcohol, took morphine, and snorted cocaine. The mix of alcohol and drugs killed her.
Following her death, Laura’s parents became active with the Georgia Overdose Prevention Group that led to the passage of the 2014 Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law (her father is a board member today). This law protects those who seek immediate help for someone in a medical emergency due to drug intoxication/overdose from law enforcement and first responders. The law protects the caller and victim when small amounts of drugs or related materials are discovered when first responders give aid. Laura’s parents are hopeful that this law will help save lives when a medical emergency occurs due to a drug overdose situation, so that participants involved seek medical assistance with no fear of prosecution.