WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Susan Collins spoke in favor of the comprehensive addiction and recovery act.
She’s a co-sponsor of the legislation which would take a comprehensive evidence based approach to helping our country combat opioid addiction. The measure calls for improving drug education and prevention efforts, including law enforcement and access to treatment.
“It is clear that we need to take a comprehensive approach to this epidemic, and the bill before us is a vital step forward, this legislation recognizes opioid and heroin abuse for the public health crisis that it has become, and it offers meaningful and effective ways to support communities seeking to expand treatment prevention, law enforcement, and recovery efforts.” said Senator Collins.
Senator Collins says the opioid epidemic is being seen in emergency rooms, jails and in communities throughout the nation.
There was a record 208 overdose deaths in Maine last year. Collin says its getting worse.