Indiana promotes new medical amnesty policy

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%.

One Response to “Indiana promotes new medical amnesty policy”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    It’s good that Indiana has passed a medical amnesty law. Every state and territory should have a medical amnesty law. If a university student has drunk too much alcohol and needs medical help, then another university student should call for medical help. It’s important that university students know that medical amnesty laws exist because not letting a person who has harmed her or himself from irresponsible drinking get medical help is wrong. By leaving the penalty for “underage” drinking behind, a person who is 18-20 who drank irresponsibly will be alright with getting medical help.