Asbury Park Press: Amnesty Law Could Save Lives

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported on a new medical amnesty law that’s under consideration in the New Jersey legislature. According to staff writer Eli Segall, “the bill would grant immunity to anyone under 21 who’s been drinking or illegally has alcohol if that person calls police when another underage person drinks too much and needs medical help.” The New Jersey Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee heard testimony from Daniel Meth, whose friend died after a night of heavy drinking in college seven years ago. During his testimony, Meth said that he “never called for help, fearing he’d get caught for underage drinking.”

Today, the editorial board of the Asbury Park Press expressed its support for the bill: “Amnesty must compel personal responsibility to have any meaning beyond the immediate moment of crisis. But, in the face of foolish and needless death, the Legislature is acting in a way that makes it easy for the temporarily irresponsible to do the right thing. And maybe save a life.”

What are your thoughts on the new bill? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “Asbury Park Press: Amnesty Law Could Save Lives”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Every state must implement a medical amnesty bill in order to save lives from alcohol abuse, especially from an ageist drinking age. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program in order to respect the age of majority and instill those 18-20 alcohol responisibility. Since those 18, 19, and 20 are adults, it’s stupid to call alcohol consumption at those ages “underage drinking”, thus the drinking age must be lowered to 18 and an alcohol education program must be implemented.