AUGUSTA – The state legislature is looking for ways to crack down on substance overdose deaths in 2016.
208 drug overdose deaths were reported in Maine last year. Yesterday, lawmakers passed five bills in hopes of developing a comprehensive drug plan.
The bills will provide funding for three new recovery centers, create one-on-one support for low-level substance users, add police presence to highways and link schools with successful programs.
A full proposal to fight the state’s drug problem is expected to be released prior to the second session in January.