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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than one in five high school students has reported binge drinking, and more than two dozen Hoosiers under the age of 21 have died from alcohol poisoning in the last 10 years.

About the Law

Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) sponsored Senate Bill 227 during the 2014 legislative session, to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law to help save more young lives. 

Specifically, Senate Bill 227: Immunity from Arrest or Prosecution gives immunity from certain alcohol-related offenses to minors who call to report a medical emergency or crime.

The bill is designed to encourage young people to make good decisions, even if they've been drinking. 

It is impossible to accurately tell on the scene if someone is passed out or dying. Even doctors need medical equipment to fully assess.  The Lifeline Law allows young people to safely report suspected alcohol poisoning, without fear of prosecution or other repercussions.

Know the signs of alcohol poisoning:

Any one of these signs (or combination of these signs), can be a red flag for alcohol poisoning.  If you see someone demonstrating any of these symptoms, you need to call 911 immediately:

  • Acting unusually confused
  • Repetitively throwing up
  • Breathing is different than normal
  • Skin looks pale or bluish
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Snoring unusually or loudly
  • Passed Out (meaning you can’t wake the person

         up to an alert state)