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Indiana promotes new medical amnesty policy

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The state of Indiana recently passed a medical amnesty policy, and the attorney general’s office has now set to work making students aware of the new law. Indiana’s new law will encourage students to call for help for their dangerously intoxicated peers. However, until students are aware that the law exists, they will likely continue to avoid calling 911 for fear of getting themselves or their friends in trouble. You can read more about the law here.

Indiana is one of several states to have passed a medical amnesty policy. Other states to have passed similar policies include New Jersey and Michigan. An extensive study by Cornell University demonstrated that medical amnesty (or Good Samaritan) policies have decreased the number of students who did not call for help from 3.8% to 1.5%.