STATEWIDE — On the same day state officials announced 258 Mainers died in drug overdoses in the first half of this year, the governor announced an initiative designed to combat the drug epidemic.
Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday announced a new “OPTIONS” initiative, which stands for Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone and Safety.
“When you have a population that is already struggling with a very significant addiction, we need to figure out a way to get them connected to address that addiction to substances,” Attorney General Aaron Frey said Wednesday.
Frey said whenever a drug user feels there is a barrier to services, the less likely they are to get access.
Under the initiative, mobile response teams in every Maine county will be dispatched to engage with drug users to promote drug prevention and harm reduction strategies and to connect people directly to recovery services and treatment.
The teams will also distribute naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose.