In just a few weeks, new limits on opioid prescribing will take effect in Maine.
Prescription pain medication continues to play a role in overdose deaths across the country, and a state law is designed to reduce abuse by curbing doses. But some lawmakers say the new restrictions in Maine will actually cause more harm to some patients, and they plan to introduce legislation to soften the law that was recently passed.
Noreen Alton-Jones of Standish knows the power of opioids.
“They make the pain go away, which is a good thing,” she says.