Lifeline law beefed up to better aid those in danger

A teenager who was unconscious after heavy drinking was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he likely wouldn’t have received any medical treatment if police hadn’t raided the underage party where he was drinking, the county sheriff said.

State lawmakers want to prevent more situations where a person doesn’t get needed medical care, such as what happened last week at a Center Grove area underage drinking party. Legislators changed a law this year that prevents people from getting in trouble if they’re trying to get medical help for a friend who drank too much or overdosed on drugs.

The state lifeline law prevents police from arresting someone under 21 who had been drinking if they called an ambulance for someone who needed medical care. The goal was to encourage people to call an ambulance for a sick friend and not worry if they’re going to get arrested.

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