When Mary O’Connell’s son drowned after an overdose, his mother noted that there weren’t enough legal protections over those who should have called for help. Fears of being arrested for substance possession can keep people from calling emergency services, which has led to thousands of unnecessary deaths. Ms. O’Connell now advocates for the passing of Senate Bill 458, which would strengthen legal protections for those at the scene of an overdose. Read more about this bill here.