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Indiana Lifeline Law press conference: Nov. 29

UIndy will host a press conference to raise awareness about Indiana’s Lifeline Law on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Student Engagement area of the Schwitzer Student Center.

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), author of the law, and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell are featured guest speakers at the event. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Indiana’s Lifeline Law provides legal amnesty from prosecution for underage drinking, and many related drinking offenses, for a person who calls or texts 911, or for persons assisting and reporting a medical emergency, sexual assault or other crime.

Sen. Merritt said not only does the law provide legal protections to minors under the influence who report a medical emergency, sexual assault or crime, but it allows first responders to administer medical treatments that counteract the effects of a drug overdose. In some cases, when delivering medical care in these types of situations, minutes make the difference in saving a life.