Bon Jovi applauds law to help overdose victims

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

PATERSON, New Jersey (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi joined New Jersey's governor Thursday for the signing of a law to encourage reporting of overdoses so victims don't end up dead.

The singer's daughter survived a drug overdose months ago.

Bon Jovi called the law a lifesaver and encouraged other states to do the same.

The law seeks to assure timely medical treatment for overdose victims by encouraging people to seek help without fear of being arrested for drug possession.

Bon Jovi's daughter overdosed at college in New York state last year. Prosecutors dropped drug charges against Stephanie Bongiovi and another student under that state's good Samaritan overdose-reporting law.

Bon Jovi, who has a home in New Jersey, did not bring up his daughter's case at the bill-signing.

In a December interview, Bon Jovi said he was shocked to learn of her overdose.

"She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that's the end of it. But who knew?" said Bon Jovi, a father of four.

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