University of Minnesota Duluth’s alcohol-related emergency policy

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Back in 2013, the University of Minnesota Duluth, developed the first alcohol-related emergency policy, also known as Medical Amnesty.

A few years later, UMD’s policy became the state-wide policy at other public University of Minnesota affiliated colleges.

According to a survey, at least four out of five students at UMD have consumed alcohol in the last year.

Lauretta Perry, a drug and alcohol educator, explained students who may have an alcohol overdose will get the necessary help.

“The University feels a responsibility to follow up with you anyway doesn’t mean you’re in trouble. But it would be irresponsible of us not to check in with that student to see how they’re doing, to debrief that experience with them and see how do we avoid that? How do we make sure that doesn’t happen again?” Perry said.

UMD has other students, known as Peer Educators, use the Risk Reduction Approach.

These Peer Educators will talk openly and honestly about alcohol, and create a safe environment for other students.

“It’s okay to not know a crowd. I just would make sure you go with someone you do know. Never go by yourself to a party that you don’t have anyone else there.” Jack said.

Alcohol poisoning at UMD has been decreasing the last several years, and the Medical Amnesty calls have been less prominent too.

Medical Amnesty, helps students suffering from an alcohol overdose by putting their health before legal consequences.

The student is able to get the help and recovery they need, by reducing the likelihood of drinking and following the law.

If someone appears to be suffering from an alcohol overdose, call 911 and stay by their side until help arrives.