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Bill Tackles Opioid Overdoses in Rural Maine

Republican Sen. Joyce Maker's bill would provide $1.6 million to create a pilot project for treatment and recovery services in Washington County

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    Bill Tackles Opioid Overdoses in Rural Maine
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    A Republican's bill tackles the opioid crisis in a rural Maine county with the state's highest rate of drug overdose deaths.

    Republican Sen. Joyce Maker's bill would provide $1.6 million to create a pilot project for treatment and recovery services in Washington County.

    Her bill is set for a work session Wednesday and could receive a key committee vote.

    The county has the highest average rate of drug overdose deaths in Maine with 19.7 overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. Its rate of drug-affected babies is nearly double the statewide average.

    Maine's only detox beds are in Portland, which can be a four hour trip from Washington County.

    The county has no residential treatment facilities.

    The Department of Health and Human Services said the bill lacks the detail needed to succeed.

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