Editorial: Lifeline law only useful if employed

Recently, Johnson County sheriff’s deputies busted an underage drinking party in the Center Grove area. Lt. Matt Rhinehart found a teen on the floor in the basement in front of a sectional couch.

The teen didn’t answer when Rhinehart called to him and didn’t move or make any noises when he was nudged. Rhinehart checked to make sure the teen was still breathing and immediately called for an ambulance.

The teen had passed out, was stable and not in life-threatening danger from alcohol poisoning. But being unconscious for any reason is an emergency and anyone who is heavily intoxicated is at risk of choking on their own vomit while unconscious, White River Township Fire Chief Jeremy Pell said.

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