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Maine Clinics, Hospitals Get Boost To Fight Opioid Crisis

Maine will invest almost $6 million in federal money in community health centers and other institutions to try to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They say the opioid crisis killed almost a resident per day in Maine last year.

A little more than half the money will go to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, MaineHealth in Portland and Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor for prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The University of Maine will receive almost $500,000 for training for behavioral health students.

Fifteen community health clinics are slated to receive $167,000 each to help improve access to mental health and substance use services.