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Raising Awareness of a Life-Saving Law

Beth Hess - Monday, July 10, 2017
As the number of drug overdoses continues to increase in Maryland, MCF’s Family Peer Support staff are in the community raising awareness of a life-saving law—the Good Samaritan Law—which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest, as well as prosecution, for certain crimes. 

As Ambassadors with the Good Samaritan Ambassador Program, an initiative of the Behavioral Health Administration, MCF staff have shared information and materials about the law throughout Maryland. Since February, they have reached families and community members in nearly every jurisdiction, including civic organizations, churches, schools, libraries, emergency medical technicians, core service agencies and health departments. In addition to presentations and personal conversations, the team has distributed more than 15,000 pieces of literature informing Marylanders about the Good Samaritan Law.

If you are interested in having an MCF staff member give a presentation about the Good Samaritan Law in your community, please contact Trish Todd at 410-220-4059 or To learn more about ways you can you can help save a life, visit

In February, members of the MCF Substance Use Team met with representatives of Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford’s office,  Richard Tabuteau, Senior Advisor to the Lt. Governor, and Cara Sullivan, Special Assistant. Lt. Governor Rutherford chairs the state’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.


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