Indiana “Lifeline” Law Expansion Encouraged

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January 23, 2014 — from Indiana Public Broadcasting

Proponents of legislation that would expand Indiana’s Lifeline law say it will help save lives by removing barriers for minors seeking medical help for themselves and others.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:


Indiana’s Lifeline law that passed last session provides immunity from underage drinking charges for minors that seek medical attention for other drunk minors.  Legislation authored by Indianapolis Republican Senator Jim Merritt would expand the law to provide the same immunity if reporting a crime or seeking medical attention for any reason, not just drinking too much.  Dawn Finbloom’s son Brett was a Carmel High School student who died from an alcohol overdose.  She says if her son’s friends had known about Lifeline, he might not have died:

“Brett’s message is the Lifeline law.  Brett’s message is to make good decisions but, if you have a friend that doesn’t, to not be afraid but to just make that call as soon as possible.”

A Senate committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday.  It now heads to the Senate floor.



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