On May 6, the Maine Opiate Collaborative announced the recommendations of its three Task Forces organized around the topics of Treatment, Prevention/Harm Reduction and Law Enforcement. The Opiate Collaborative was established late last year by U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty, Attorney General Janet Mills and Commissioner of Public Safety John Morris. The three Task Forces were chaired by volunteers, people in recovery and experts in addiction, treatment, law enforcement officers and others.
As part of the Task Force charge, the group conducted more than 20 community forums across Maine attended by more than 1500 people. MeHAF and the Maine Community Foundation provided funding to the Maine Medical Association for their work to support to the Collaborative. In particular, foundation funding was largely directed toward supporting the community forums. The Task Force summary recommendations draw on the comments and recommendations made by the public.
Some of the recommendations have already been achieved, such as limiting opiate prescribing established in PL Chapter 488. Other recommendations will require time, effort and additional funding from the state or federal funds to accomplish. Access the full summary of the recommendations.
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