Oklahoma’s Social Host law is also known as “Cody’s Law” after Cody Ryan Greenhaw. Cody died in 2004 at age 16 during a gathering in a friend’s home where the friend’s parents allegedly knew alcohol and drugs were routinely used by the teens while in their home.
At the time, there was no law in effect that specifically forbade hosting parties where underage drinking occurred.
Cody’s family was driven to make sure Oklahoma’s state laws would hold people accountable in situations like the one that led to Cody’s death.
In 2006, Cody’s family and prevention advocates successfully advocated for the first “Cody’s Law,” which held adults criminally liable if a child died as a result of drinking or using drugs at that adult’s home. In 2007, great bodily injury was added to strengthen the statute in the event of a serious injury or overdose that did not lead to death.
In 2011, these advocates convinced lawmakers to further strengthen the law by adding graduated penalties that would provide a proactive means to deter and ultimately prevent these dangerous gatherings from taking place before a child is seriously injured or a death occurs.