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Those dealing with substance use disorder in Maine already face multiple challenges. We’ll discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the obstacles they face in trying to recover – and what is being done by those helping to treat and support them during this time of social distancing. We’ll also hear about the state’s efforts to address these difficult issues.


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The latest report from the Maine Medical Examiner shows drug overdose deaths increased in 2019.

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A new project in Maine will provide housing for chronically homeless people who have opioid use disorder.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently released data tracking opioid pill distribution from 2006 to 2012. It shows more opioid pills were handed out in Penobscot County than in any other county in New England. But by 2016, Maine had already moved to address issues of overprescribing. The state passed a law that set education and training standards for opioid prescribers.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills Wednesday convened the first meeting of her administration’s new Prevention and Recovery Cabinet, calling for a broad, coordinated response to the state’s drug crisis. The panel is considering public health problems that go beyond opioid addiction.

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Gov. Janet Mills proposed two-year budget includes an allocation of $5.5 million for addressing the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

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As Maine's first director of opioid response, Gordon Smith is tasked with coordinating state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Smith will be Mills’ point person for coordinating interagency efforts to address Maine’s opioid crisis, which continues to claim an average of more than one life every day.

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has picked a former lobbyist from the state's leading physician organization to oversee Maine's response to the opioid crisis.