stance deplorable

On average, one person a day dies of a drug overdose in the state of Maine. Gov. Paul LePage has stymied any effort to slow this down other than hire more law enforcement. Naloxone availability has improved across the nation, but here in Maine? Not so much. Why? Paul LePage. Rules to allow pharmacists here to dispense naloxone over the counter sat on LePage’s desk for five months growing mold. Rules that would allow overdose prevention groups and needle exchanges to distribute naloxone have not been drafted by the Department of Health and Human Services, and it’s been two years since the Legislature passed the law requiring it.

How does anyone with any human decency allow this to persist? Republican support in Augusta of LePage’s approach to this issue is the definition of “deplorable.”

David Hilt


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