What is the Good Samaritan Law?
When someone is experiencing a drug-related overdose, the most important action that person, or someone with that person, can take is calling for medical help. By signing this bill into law, Gov. Mills is eliminating the fear that comes with contacting authorities and protecting the lives of Mainers
-Rep. Barbara Cardone, Bangor.
LD 329, known as the Good Samaritan Law, prevents a person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for a person experiencing a drug-related overdose, or who is themselves experiencing a drug-related overdose and is need of medical assistance, from being arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation, if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person’s seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose. Read the full law here.
On May 23, 2019 Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 329, An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency (aka the Good Samaritan Law), which was sponsored by Representative Barbara Cardone of Bangor and passed unanimously by the Maine Legislature.
Maine joins 40 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting some form of a Good Samaritan or 9-1-1 drug immunity law.