Following the footsteps of 30 other states, Nebraska is the newest state to offer a medical amnesty in their universities. This amnesty would allow students who are suffering from alcohol intoxication to seek help without the need to worry about whether or not they will be charged with minor in possession.
This initiative was proposed after studies show that many students would rather suffer the after-effects of alcohol on their own, refusing to seek help of medical professionals for fear of being implicated. Once they are charged, their reputation will be tarnished and it would be harder for them to find a regular employment after graduation. Others fear that being charged will ruin their chances of enlisting to the army.
It is for this reason that the Association of Students over at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln began their campaign for the launching of the medical amnesty. They laid out their concerns of the well-being of the students. Binge drinking is something already inherent in the culture of the university but many freshmen are unaware what their capacities are. The result of which is intoxication. They exhibit mental confusion, vomiting, low body temperature and irregular breathing.
The student association worked on their case for almost two years, submitting data and other support to draft up the bill, before Nebraska finally gave the go signal on the amnesty. With the latest medical amnesty being approved, students no longer have to be wary of such a predicament. Furthermore, passers-by will no longer be worried about how their decision will affect the victims. With the Good Samaritan Policy, others will be encouraged to report any students who are suffering from intoxication. The victims will be treated and no charge will be given.
With the success of Nebraska and other states, many other university student associations are working to pursue a similar initiative.