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New Washington State Law Lets Underage Drinkers Call For Help

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a new law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/SFDQY8 ) that the law is meant to encourage minors to call 911 if needed. A similar law was passed for drug overdose cases in 2010.
    
By expanding the law to cover alcohol, Washington has joined a growing list of states that have embraced the policy.
    
Twelve states now have such "good Samaritan" laws. Colorado approved the first one in 2005, according to The Medical Amnesty Initiative, a national nonprofit established last year to boost the policy.
    
Six other states are in the process of approving a version of the policy.
    
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