If Idaho State Legislature passes a medical amnesty bill such as House Bill 0521 there will be nothing but positive repercussions. In the big picture the bill would increase availability of medical support to victims of alcohol poisoning, but it would also do so much more. It would make young adults feel safer when attempting to help a peer in need, ultimately developing a more trusting relationship between young adults and law enforcement in Idaho.
It is disappointing that Idaho does not support young adults seeking medical support for victims of alcohol poisoning. Just as our culture must adapt to people’s pressing needs and make our state more open to responding to alcohol in a positive way (regardless of the age of the victim or person seeking help), a legal change must also occur . Allowing culture and the law to evolve would foster a more cooperative and positive relationship between young Idahoans and Idaho police officers, as minors would feel safer to seek medical attention and respondents would be able to focus solely on the victim. This bill, which would allow limited immunity to minors seeking emergency medical help, will promote a safer, healthier Idaho for all ages.
Kelsy Briggs, Moscow
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