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Alcohol Overdose

Make the Call, 9-1-1

The University of Minnesota Duluth values the safety and well-being of their students and has implemented an alcohol-related emergency protocol. Alcohol overdose can be life threatening, and students are expected to take responsible action to obtain medical assistance for those in need. The following information relates to this protocol:

  • Students will be educated on the symptoms and severity of alcohol overdose and encouraged to call 911 when an alcohol overdose is suspected. UMD students will be involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of this education.
  • A state statute, medical amnesty, was enacted in August 2013 that provides immunity for underage consumption or possession of alcohol for a person contacting 911 to seek assistance for an incapacited individual. The person who receives medical assistance will also be immune from prosecution for underage drinking.

Signs of Alcohol Overdose

  • Appears unconscious
  • Won't wake up
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Vomiting while sleeping or passed out

What To Do

  • Turn the person on their side
  • Dial 911 get medical help
  • Stay with the person

Parent Notification

UMD police officers notify parents by telephone when their son/daughter is taken to detox or the hospital for an alcohol-related incident. A follow-up letter to the parents is sent by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Lauretta Perry (chemical health educator) via e-mail at or by telephone at (218) 726-7058.

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