Rockland Police remind of Good Samaritan law following overdose incident

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 4:30pm

Story Location:
Rockland City Hall
Rockland, ME 04841
United States

    ROCKLAND — On the night of Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Rockland Police and Rockland Maine Fire & EMS Department responded to an unintentional overdose involving someone smoking what they believed to be heroin and cocaine.

    Rockland Police arrived on the scene and found one person unresponsive. Narcan was quickly administered by the responding officers and the individual regained consciousness.

    “PLEASE remember Maine's Good Samaritan Law prevents a person from being arrested or prosecuted for certain violations if the grounds for that arrest or prosecution are resulting from the person experiencing a drug-related overdose or seeking medical assistance for someone else who is,” said RPD, in a news release on its Facebook page.

    According to police, no charges are expected on either the individual who overdosed or the witness who called 9-1-1, whose decision to quickly call 9-1-1 saved a life.

    A  free NarCan training will be held June 4, at 2 p.m., at Rockland City Hall. Options Maine will be presenting and will have some NarCan samples on hand to give out.