Responsibility to render aid when a person is overdosing during the use of drugs.

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South Carolina faces an urgent public-health crisis. Each year, hundreds of South Carolinians die from opioid overdoses, while tens of thousands more are hospitalized or require emergency treatment. Opioid addiction and abuse have destroyed the lives of countless South Carolinians and ravaged communities across the State.

ROBERTS STORY: Robert Scott Sosebee was using drugs with several people in a mobile home in Seneca SC before he suffered an overdose and died on Sept. 18, 2018. Although it was Robert's  decision to use drugs, he was injected with a mixture that ultimately claimed his life. By the time the police and ambulance arrived he was already deceased. His family later learned that his lifeless body lay in the mobile home for over 6 hours before anyone called for help. Not only did the occupants allow his lifeless body to slowly decay, they also wrote on his corpse and moved his body from room to room. While in their plight for justice his family has learned that although there is a "good samaritan" law, which states that a person is not liable for any civil damages for any personal injury as a result of any act in rendering the emergency care, there is no law in South Carolina that prosecutes a person for failing to render aid and/or calling for help during an apparent drug overdose. This needs to change. A simple call to 911 could have possibly saved a life. 


There are thousands of families throughout the country who share stories similar to Roberts involving people who have either assisted in administering drugs to or are present at the time of the overdose which resulted in death. We ask for your support to help prevent other family's from facing this harsh tragedy that could've been avoided had aid been rendered. Please sign and share with others. Thank  you.