September is Safe Homes Awareness Month



AUGUSTA – A new law that took effect on Aug. 8 will help Mainers safely secure their prescription drugs and firearms, and other dangerous weapons. The law, which was passed unanimously, establishes the Safe Homes Program. It will educate Mainers on the importance of safe prescription drug and weapons storage. It will also make storage devices more affordable.

Maine has the second-highest firearm mortality rate in New England. In 2020, more than 85 percent of gun deaths were suicides. That year, 154 Mainers were killed by firearms, including 132 who died by suicide.

In 2021, there were more than 8,000 overdoses in Maine. There were 636 drug deaths.

Last year, the legislature approved a sales tax exemption for devices specifically designed for securing firearms. The Safe Homes Program will provide grants for purchasing storage devices for prescription drugs and weapons.

For more information on the Safe Homes Program, visit https://sites.google.com/view/dps-safe-homes/home.

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