NORTHPORT, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General William Schneider have announced a plan to form a task force to fight prescription drug abuse.
The creation of the task force was announced Tuesday at a drug abuse summit in Northport.
Schneider says it is likely to propose legislative changes and other initiatives.
Some of the recommendations include training doctors and other prescribers to treat pain and prevent addiction, expand access to addiction treatment and provide more insurance coverage for alternative pain treatments.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the summit also proposed expand the use of Maine's prescription monitoring program, and giving law enforcement more access to the data.
Authorities say nearly 1,400 Mainers have died from overdoses of pharmaceutical drugs in the past decade.