Maine lawmakers want to expand, evaluate opioid abuse treatment

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AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to consider bills to protect babies exposed to drugs and support peer recovery.

More than one person a day died from drug overdoses in Maine last year, and lawmakers this year have taken steps to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.

About a dozen bills are set for public hearing in front of the health and human services committee on Friday.

Republican Sen. Joyce Maker’s bill would direct $192,500 from the state’s medical marijuana fund to fund peer recovery, education and prevention efforts.

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Democratic Rep. Patricia Hymanson’s legislation would repeal the 24-month limit on MaineCare coverage or reimbursement for Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction.

Republican Sen. Scott Cryway wants a research firm to evaluate the state’s heroin and opioid prevention efforts.

Maine State House is the state capitol of the State of Maine in Augusta, Maine, USA.

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