Lawmaker proposes legal 'amnesty' for teens who help peers sick from alcohol

Lawmaker proposes legal 'amnesty' for teens who help peers sick from alcohol

EUGENE, Ore. - You don't have to condone it to imagine a group of teens drinking alcohol.

Then imagine one of the teens starts to show the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.

Would the other teens - who have all broken the law by consuming alcohol - call for medical help for their friend and risk being cited by police?

Students told NewsSource 16 on Thursday that they often hear stories about how someone probably should have gone to the hospital but their friends were too afraid of legal repercussions to get them medical help.

State Rep. Margaret Doherty, D-Tigard, wants to change that dynamic. Doherty is working on "amnesty" legislation which would allow teens to avoid legal repercussions if they get medical help for their friend.

A University of Oregon Police Department spokesperson said officers don't always issue citations, preferring to deal with situations on a case-by-case basis.