In April, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill to allow nonprescription sales of naloxone, a drug that reverses opiate overdoses. He said, “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.” The Legislature overrode that veto.

Greater access to naloxone is a step forward but doesn’t do enough. That’s one reason my friend Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr. is running as a Democrat for state representative from District 96, comprising Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont.

I know Zeigler will work with other legislators, regardless of politics, to reduce the harm caused by drugs.

Having worked as a night counselor in a residential drug-rehab program, Zeigler understands the pain of poverty or illness that leads to dependence on painkillers, as well as the pain of addictive disease. To him, addicts are not throwaway people. They are people. They need a helping hand instead of a cold heart.

Gary Stimeling


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