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Alcohol Poisoning:

Medical help must be obtained if a person is

  • unresponsive
  • unable to stop vomiting
  • having slow, shallow, or irregular breathing
  • incoherent and unable to make rational responses

How to recognize signs and what to do:

    WAKE – Wake the person
    TURN – Turn them on their side to prevent choking or drowning

    CALL – Call for emergency medical assistance

    STAY – Stay with the person until paramedics arrive

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Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Program:

University of Maine

Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Project (MAGS)

The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Project has been established to encourage students to help others without fear of judicial consequences for students who have an alcohol overdose or those who help them.


Because the health and safety of students are of primary concern, the University of Maine has developed a pilot program to address alcohol-related medical emergencies on campus. Fear of getting themselves or another person in trouble may inhibit students from seeking assistance for someone who has had too much to drink.

Alcohol overdose, commonly called alcohol poisoning, is a medical emergency and must be treated as such; therefore, at the University of Maine, we want to encourage bystander responsibility and minimize any barriers which might prevent a student from calling for assistance for someone who has had too much to drink.

Students who receive emergency medical assistance for an alcohol-related incident or report an alcohol related-incident may be eligible for the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Program (MAGS) in lieu of formal university disciplinary action.

Program Goals:

  • To reduce the risk of student death or serious injury due to alcohol poisoning.
  • To improve student knowledge of risks of high-risk drinking, alcohol poisoning, and underage drinking.
  • To encourage bystander intervention through the “I’ve got your BACK” advertisements.

Program Eligibility:

The Director of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities and the Director of Alcohol and Drug Education Programs will determine acceptance for the MAGS on a case-by-case basis at the weekly Case Management meetings.

Acceptance to the MAGS does not preclude a summons or citation from law enforcement, nor are students exempt from other Conduct Code disciplinary action or decisions by the University of Maine Police, Department of Residence Life or other initiating departments.

  • Students who receive medical treatment for an alcohol-related incident will be eligible for consideration for the program.
  • Students who report an alcohol-related incident or act on behalf of a student who requires medical attention will be eligible for consideration in the program.
  • Only students who have not previously been accepted into the program are eligible for consideration.
  • Students with multiple alcohol violations and a history of conduct code violations will not be eligible for the program.

Program Requirements:

  • Students admitted to the program will be required to complete an educational component but will not have a university sanction for an alcohol violation under the Student Code of Conduct. This educational component may include a meeting with the Dean, an alcohol education program, and/or a call to the students’ parents.
  • Students accepted into the program must complete all terms of the program as determined by the conduct officer. A person who does not fulfill the educational program could be cited for non-compliance under the student conduct code.
  • Students who call for assistance for an intoxicated person and who themselves may be in violation of UMaine’s Alcohol Policy will also be considered for acceptance to the MAGS. The caller must stay with the person until medical help arrives in order to be eligible.
  • Acceptance into MAGS does not preclude a student’s being cited by police or any action by the Office of Residence Life, or other initiating departments.


In circumstances in which an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization may be held responsible for violations of the UMaine’s Alcohol Policy or state and local laws; however, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations. Individuals within the organization may eligible for MAGS.

Program Assessment:

The MAGS program will be assessed annually through data comparison, participant surveys, focus groups, and staff interviews to continuously review and evaluate effectiveness.

For Questions or concerns, please contact Lauri Sidelko 207-581-1423 or on First Class.

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