Alcohol Emergency Immunity ("Good Samaritan") Law in Pennsylvania

To protect the life and health of young people, the state of Pennsylvania has an alcohol emergency amnesty law ("Good Samaritan" law).

The alcohol amnesty law provides

"immunity from prosecution for a person under the age of 21 for the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages if law enforcement, including campus safety police, became aware of the possession or consumption solely because the individual was seeking medical assistance for someone else. The person seeking the assistance must reasonably believe he or she is the first to call for assistance, must use his own name with authorities, and must stay with the individual needing medical assistance until help arrives."

More lives could be saved if other states followed in the footsteps of those that have passed alcohol emergency amnesty laws.

 

Reference

  • Corbett signs medical amnesty bill into law. Onward State, July 9, 2011.

Readings

  • The Gordie Foundation. Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policies. http://www.thegordiefoundation.org/Education/Medical-Amnesty.aspx.
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policies. http://www.higheredcenter.org/services/assistance/topics/medical-amnesty-and-good-samaritan-policies.
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Under the influence: dealing effectively with a drunken student. (medical amnesty) The Catalyst, 1996, 2(1), 3.
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Medial amnesty -effective or not?. The Catalyst, 2007, 9(2), 6-7.
  • Hoover, Eric. More colleges offer "amnesty" for drinking violations. Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007, 54(17), p. A1.

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