On May 3, 2022, Governor Janet Mills signed  LD 1862, An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Good Samaritan Laws Concerning Drug-related Medical Assistance (known as the Good Samaritan Bill), into law. 


Maine’s Good Samaritan Law prevents a person from being arrested or prosecuted for certain violations if the grounds for that arrest or prosecution result from the person experiencing a drug-related overdose or seeking medical assistance for someone else who is. If you or someone you are with is experiencing a drug overdose, administer naloxone and CALL 9-1-1.


Download the flyer that explains the Maine Good Samaritan Law.

Maine is one of 47 other states and the District of Columbia that have enacted some form of a Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law. A 2020 study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found a nationwide pattern of lower opioid-related overdose death rates among states that have enacted Good Samaritan laws, both compared to death rates prior to a law’s enactment and death rates in states without such laws. Studies also found that people are more likely to call 911 if they are aware of the laws.


You can download an overview of the study here or read the full study here.

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