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

Alcohol or Cannabis Self-Assessments  

Alcohol Education Courses

A one credit course will be offered in through the Twin Cities Campus, called "Alcohol and College Life" starting in the fall of 2022. Check back for more information.

Seeking Support

NEW during social distancing:  Young People's AA Virtual Meeting, Friday nights at 7:30. Stay tuned for more information.

BASICS – One on one meeting with Lauretta Perry: [email protected]

AA meetings – Held weekly on campus during the academic year.  Contact the Kirby Info Desk for current locations and times (218) 726-7163

Substance use assessments & Recovery Resources

Resources and Information for parents 

Parent brochure and UMD specific statistics on substance use