Bangor, Maine News Update: June 4, 2019
Seven people face drug charges after drug agents raided three apartments in Waterville on Friday. Police seized over 15 thousand lethal doses of fentanyl from a Gray Street apartment. Two of the people arrested are from Massachusetts, while the others are from Waterville.
Maine is the latest state to sue opioid maker Purdue Pharma, claiming it deceptively marketed its drugs over a period of 10 years. The complaint says that Maine doctors prescribed opioids after Purdue intensified its sales efforts, playing a part in a record year of opioid-related deaths in 2017. California, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia also filed lawsuits on Monday.
A bill that would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication passed in the Maine House by 1 vote yesterday, and now faces final legislative action in the senate. Supporters say it would give dying patients the right to go peacefully, while critics worry that doctors could make mistakes.
Moose hunters are anxiously awaiting the permit lottery that will be held in Scarborough this weekend. Saturday, the selected names will be read, starting at 2 p.m. at Cabela’s. For anyone who can’t make the drawing in person, the names will be posted by 6 p.m. at Maine dot gov slash IFW.
Thursday is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, so Honor Flight Maine is holding a special ceremony at the Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Augusta. Starting at 1, the hour-long event will honor all World War 2 Vets. Find more information on the Honor Flight Maine website.