Doctors in Maine have made the sharpest reductions in the country in the amount of fentanyl they prescribe. Fentanyl prescriptions from Maine physicians fell by almost 31 percent between 2016 and 2017. That's according to a study from the University of New England, Husson University and Pennsylvania's Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
DHHS Commissioner Outlines Plan To Improve Child Protective Services
State officials told members of the legislature's Government Oversight Committee Friday that improvements to the child protective system are underway. The panel held a public hearing on the latest report following the abuse deaths of two girls last winter, which details a number of concerns raised by caseworkers. Some lawmakers and citizens say they want more to be done, and soon.
It's the latest legal challenge to the final rule released last month that places restrictions on providers who receive federal Title X funds, which cover family planning services for low income patients.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is threatening regulatory action against the drug importation company CanaRx for brokering the distribution of unapproved or misbranded drugs from other countries in the United States.
Maine Psychiatric Hospital Deemed Compliant For Medicare
After nearly half a dozen years, the state's Riverview Psychiatric Center has passed federal inspection to qualify for funds under the Medicare program. Maine Public political correspondent Mal Leary joined Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered to look at what this all means for Maine.
Maine Sees A Surge In Number Of Cases Of Whooping Cough
Maine had a surge of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in January, according to a Center for Disease Control surveillance report. Fifty-five cases were reported, which is more than double the five year median of 24.