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Local college students spreading awareness of Indiana's Lifeline Law

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There's a new push to make local college students aware of Indiana's Lifeline Law.

The Department of Health says more than two dozen Hoosiers under the age of 21 have died from alcohol poisoning since 2004. Cases that may not have been fatal had someone called for help.

For some, alcohol is part of the college experience, but when a friend drinks too much, do students know what to do?

That's why the University of Southern Indiana is helping get the word out.

"We're actually doing a campaign for it where we're trying to make students aware of it," says Kristina Mobley with USI's Student Government Association.

The death of an Indiana University student earlier this year raised awareness of the law signed by then Governor Mitch Daniels last year. Police say the 19-year old fell down a flight of stairs at a party, but no one called for help until it was too late.

"A lot of kids are scared and bad consequences happen because people are scared to get in trouble," said Orlando Gamez, a USI freshman.

"It's no longer okay to drink so much that you pass out and scare your friends," says Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.     
     
Zoeller brought the Lifeline Law Tour to USI on Wednesday.

"You don't think about yourself, you don't clean up first. You make the call right away," Zoeller said.

To make sure next time, the right call is made.

"I guess I would. I mean, I wouldn't want one of my friends to die. It's a serious thing," said Paul Podgayski, a USI student.

Zoeller and Representative Jim Merritt, of Indianapolis, have also made stops at Purdue and Indiana University.

Zoeller says he hopes this Lifeline Law Tour will spread the word to students who don't even know about it yet.

To learn more about the Lifeline Law, click here.

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