Governor Janet Mills of Maine is making access to medically assisted treatment (MAT) a priority in fighting the opioid crisis in her state. According to Fosters.com, the proposed initiatives include removing limits on Medicaid-funded methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone, as well as making MAT available in Maine’s prisons.
Fosters.com quotes Kirsten Figeuroa, Mills’ finance chief, who states:
“Drug overdoses took 282 lives in Maine in just the first 9 months of 2018 — one overdose per day. Evidence is clear that medication-assisted treatment is a critical tool in fighting opioid addiction”.
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WGME CBS 13 in Portland cites Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response, who clarifies that addiction is “medical” and not “criminal”:
“People with substance use disorders are ill, they’re not criminals. Almost all of them at some point in their journey have violated one or more laws, but primarily they’re ill.”
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