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Daily News Headline 5/8/17

posted May 8, 2017, 6:49 AM by Nancy Berry
In the news this morning, Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a Bill to the Maine Legislature that would force Maine communities to charge people who repeatedly overdose and are given the opioid antidote Narcan.  Drug overdoses killed 376 Mainers in 2016, up from just 60 in 2000. The overwhelming majority of these deaths — 84 percent — were caused by an opioid, or in combination with an opioid.  Governor LePage has been a critic of Narcan access, stating it does not truly save lives but merely extends them until the next overdose.
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