Backers of a bill that would grant legal immunity to anyone who calls 911 for a drug- or alcohol-related emergency described it yesterday as a Good Samaritan law that would encourage more people to seek life-saving medical treatment.

Part of former Rep. Jenn Coffey’s testimony: “What’s more important: filling your jail, or saving a life?” Coffey said. “What’s more important: making a phone call to mom and dad and saying, ‘Your son is here, we saved their life, come get them, here are some resources to get them help,’ or calling them and saying, ‘I’m sorry, it was too late, you need to plan a funeral?’ I’ve seen both.”