Pennsylvania Amnesty Laws: Underage Drinking and Drug Overdoses

Date: August 18, 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE
Pennsylvania Amnesty Laws

 

Underage Drinking
In 2011, then Governor Tom Corbett signed into law medical amnesty for underage drinking. This law added language to Title 18 Section 6308 that creates immunity from prosecution for an underage person (under 21) who possesses or consumes alcoholic beverages under these conditions:  if law enforcement becomes aware of the possession or consumption solely because the individual is seeking medical assistance for someone else.

To qualify for the immunity, the person seeking assistance must do the following:

  • Reasonably believe he or she is the first to call for assistance
  • Use his or her own name with authorities; and
  • Must stay with the individual needing medical assistance until help arrives

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1

Drug Overdose Event
     In 2014, the governor signed an amnesty law for drug overdoses.  It applies to the person experiencing the drug overdose event as well as the person initiating a request for help when witnessing a drug overdose.  The immunity law applies to the following circumstances:
Police only discover the drug overdose because the person is transported for help or treatment. 

or

Immunity applies if all of the following apply:

  • The caller seeking help made the report reasonably believing that another person needed immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious bodily injury due to a drug overdose
  • The caller provided his/her own name and location and cooperated with law enforcement and
  • The caller remains with the person needing immediate medical attention until police arrive

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/US/HTM/2014/0/0139..HTM?84