Hi! I'm a pre-nursing student. I have been wondering about this for the longest time and no one seems to know the answer. If someone has taken an illegal drug, and as a result is having physical problems and needs to go to a hospital/call an amubulance, etc-- will they get in trouble for taking drugs? Or, is there some law (HIPPA?) that will protect them? Obviously the hospital will treat them, but does the hospital have to inform the police?
I was also wondering about underage drinking-- if someone goes to the hospital/calls an ambulance, will they get in trouble? I kind of have a vague memory of a friend getting a court summons after an incident-- but I'm not sure.
I am not underage nor do I take any drugs! I'm just curious!