The state of Pennsylvania has an alcohol emergency immunity law (Good Samaritan law). It wisely did so to protect the life and health of young people.
Alcohol Emergency Immunity
The law provides
2. And if law enforcement, including campus safety police, became aware of the possession or consumption.
3. And solely because the individual was seeking medical assistance for someone else.
4. And the person seeking the assistance must reasonably believe he or she is the first to call for assistance.
5. And must use own name with authorities.
6. And must stay with the individual needing medical assistance until help arrives.
Additional lives could be saved if more states follow in the footsteps of those who have passed similar laws.
Colleges Can Act
Also they usually go beyond the mandates of a state law. They typically add intervention and education. That’s to reduce the need for Good Samaritan policies.
To be effective, any alcohol amnesty policy must be widely known. It’s essential that all students know them.
You might be interested in these.
- Medical Amnesty Initiative.
- Hoover, E. More colleges offer “amnesty” for drinking violations. Chron High Ed, 54(17), p. A1.
- Marczinski, C., et al. Binge Drinking in Adolescents and College Students.
- Medial amnesty. Catalyst, 9(2), 6-7.
- Sherwood, J. Alcohol Policies and Practices on College and University Campuses.
- Under the inﬂuence. Dealing effectively with a drunken student [medical amnesty]. Catalyst, 2(1), 3.
- This site gives no advice.