Legal Authority and Protections

Good Samaritan Law

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest and prosecution for certain crimes.

The purpose of the law is to encourage any person who observes a medical emergency caused by the ingestion or use of alcohol or other drugs to seek medical assistance without fear of arrest or prosecution for:

  • Possessing or using a controlled dangerous substance
  • Possessing or using drug paraphernalia
  • Providing alcohol to minors

​​Download a Good Samaritan Law Fact Sheet​.​

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