Sam Quinones, Author Of 'Dreamland,' On How The Opioid Crisis Started And How It Has Changed
On Monday, Maine Gov. Janet Mills' administration will hold its first summit on addressing the opioid crisis. It will bring together health providers, advocates, police and other first responders as well as people whose lives have been touched by opioid addiction.
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.
The House passed an omnibus drug bill in June that includes a number of measures aimed at responding to the nation’s growing drug crisis. Independent U.S. Senator Angus King, who has been holding forums around the state on the drug problem, is hoping the Senate will consider the bill this month.