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Maine’s ‘War on Drugs’ Requires Solutions and Simultaneous Cooperation Not Politics

Generally speaking, solutions are found in common interest and a tenacious commitment to solve a problem.

Unfortunately, when every problem is viewed through lenses clouded by political ideology, precious little gets accomplished.

One of the biggest problems facing the state of Maine is drug addiction, and the costs to the state, both financial and human.

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Photo, Getty Images
Photo, Getty Images

It’s an Epidemic That Can Be Stopped

Last week Governor Paul LePage ended his State of the State speech by calling on state lawmakers and citizens to recognize there's a serious epidemic in Maine and it's drug addiction.

One woman in particular was pleased the Governor addressed the issue and agrees with beefing up law enforcement, but, she cautions that's only part of the solution for reversing the powerful grip the disease has on those who struggle to regain control of their lives.

The problem can in fact be reversed, but it will take time, a multifaceted approach, and the commitment from citizens to prioritize financial resources.

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Drug Use and Abuse in Maine Takes Lives and Demands Resources

"Last year, over 800 babies were born in this state, drug addicted. If that isn't a damned scary figure, then I don't know what is," states Maine's Commissioner of Public Safety, John Morris.

Morris goes on to explain that a "reasonable percentage" of those babies were addicted to Methadone.

Commissioner Morris says he's working with Governor Paul LePage to produce a Governor's bill for the legislature's consideration in January.  The recommendations will address a variety of negative impacts the state is experiencing, brought on by the significant drug use and abuse in Maine.

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