opioid addiction

Maine Behavioral Healthcare unveiled a new treatment center in South Portland Thursday for people with opioid and other substance-use disorders. It's the fifth so-called 'hub' for treatment under the MaineHealth system, and it’s the only one that operates in Cumberland County, which has the most drug overdose deaths in the state.

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Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns the company have proposed a settlement for thousands of lawsuits filed against the company for its aggressive sales of the addictive pain drug Oxycontin. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says the state will not accept the deal.

The Maine city of Lewiston is considering putting up disposal boxes for used syringes after an increased number of needles from drug use have been found on city property.

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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.

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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.

Northern Lights Mercy Hospital in Portland is launching a new program to help opioid users who wind up in the hospital's emergency room.

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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.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed an executive order aimed at accelerating the state’s response to the drug crisis. Mills says it is just the first step in addressing a major public health problem.

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The Maine Coalition for Sensible Drug Policy wants lawmakers to consider a number of changes in state law and policy to address the state’s drug crisis that claimed the lives of 418 Mainers last year.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The brand name drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction, is the second most frequently prescribed drug in Maine, a testament to the severity of the opioid crisis.

Two Maine health organizations are receiving USDA grants to provide opioid-addiction treatment for patients in rural areas and to fund drug recovery-training for professionals.

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A Republican candidate for the Maine Senate is attempting to clarify comments about supporting the idea of special detention facilities for people with opioid dependency.

Maine Directs Much Of Emergency Opioid Money To Treatment

Oct 22, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine has directed most of the first wave of federal emergency money to target the opioid crisis on treatment, similar to other states that didn't expanded Medicaid.

BREWER, Maine - Maine's independent U.S. Sen. Angus King was back in the state this week to talk about pre-existing conditions to people recovering from drug use.

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A House-Senate conference committee has reached agreement on a measure authorizing $8 billion in spending to combat the nation’s drug crisis.

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