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STATEWIDE (WGME) — On average one person dies a day from a drug overdose in Maine, according to Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
And 2016 is set to be another record year for drug related deaths.
“It’s not a reflection of someone being poor or unemployed or uneducated. The opioid addiction problem crosses all strata of our demographics in Maine and all regions,” Attorney General Mills said.
In April, lawmakers drafted a bill that would allow pharmacists to give naloxone, also known as Narcan, to patients without a subscription.
“They have to go to the pharmacist. The pharmacist will have protocols set up with physicians and then the pharmacist will be able to dispense the medication to someone. The pharmacist has to make that choice though,” Sarah Gideon (D), Speaker of the House, said.