While it’s prohibited by law, there is a chance that you will find yourself at a party at college where people will be drinking. Freshman year, first time away from home, some students get carried away. It’s important to know about the 911 Good Samaritan Law/Medical Amnesty Law. Knowing your rights in the state you go to college is important.
If your friend seems too drunk or is unresponsive, don’t ignore it or try to ‘wait it out,’ your friend might be in real danger. Luckily, in ALMOST every state (39/50), there are medical amnesty laws.
The Medical Amnesty Law, otherwise known as the 911 Good Samaritan Law, removes liability from minors who call 911 for friends in need. That means, even if you’ve been drinking and are a minor, you won’t get in trouble for making sure your friends stay safe and alive after a bad night. In some states, New York included, this rule applies to overdose on both alcohol and drugs.
Check out the Medical Amnesty homepage to see where the Good Samaritan Law exists, and learn more about the specifics in your state!