Alcohol Overdose & Medical Amnesty

Alcohol Overdose and Medical Amnesty

A state statute, medical amnesty, was enacted in August 2013 that provides immunity for underage consumption or possession of alcohol for a person contacting 911 to seek assistance for an incapacitated individual. The person who receives medical assistance will also be immune from prosecution for underage drinking.  The law also extends to 1-2 other individuals assisting on site in the situation.  The law also requires the caller to:  give their full name, stay with the incapacitated individual until help arrives, and cooperate with emergency responders and law enforcement. 

Signs of Alcohol Overdose

  • Appears unconscious
  • Won't wake up
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Vomiting while sleeping or passed out

What To Do

  • Turn the person on their side
  • Dial 911, get medical help
  • Stay with the person

Resources and Information for parents 

Parent brochure and UMD specific statistics on substance use.