Officials tout Indiana's alcohol amnesty law

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state Sen. Jim Merritt are visiting college campuses to remind students that Indiana has a new law encouraging people to seek medical help for those who are dangerously intoxicated.

The Indiana Lifeline Law that went into effect on July 1 protects people from arrest if they seek help for an alcohol-related medical emergency. Zoeller says that by raising public awareness, he and Merritt, an Indianapolis Republican, hope that young people will not be reluctant to call 911 if someone needs help.

Merritt says more than two dozen Indiana students under the age of 21 have lost their lives to alcohol poisoning since 2004. He says many of those deaths could have been prevented if someone had sought medical attention immediately for the victims.

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