Through Governor Janet Mills’ Executive Order 2, aimed at responding to Maine’s opioid epidemic, the state is committed to:
- Maintaining a broad-based overdose education and naloxone administration program
- Developing evidence-based policies to reduce overdose deaths
- Meeting individuals when they are ready to engage in evidence-based treatments
- Training 250 recovery coaches and support the creation of recovery-friendly communities
- Creating public messaging campaigns to destigmatize persons who use drugs by law enforcement, clinicians, pharmacists, and the general public
Naloxone is a medication to have on hand in case of an opioid emergency. It is designed to reverse the effects of opioids in the body. In Maine, you can obtain naloxone through harm reduction and public health organizations or by contacting your physician or local pharmacist. Have a conversation today at your regional syringe access program or contact Maine Access Points or Health Equity Alliance to arrange for naloxone pickup or to have naloxone mailed to your home.
Engage with EMS
The Good Samaritan law: On May 23, 2019, Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 329, An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency. The law exempts individuals from arrest or prosecution for the possession of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as violations of probation if they are in good faith calling 9-1-1 to seek medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose.
Syringe Access Programs (SAP) provide sterile supplies and disposal of supplies including syringes, fentanyl test strips, naloxone, and sharps disposal containers. SAPs also often provide overdose prevention education and disease testing services. SAPs are located in Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Ellsworth, Lewiston, Machias, Portland, and Waterville. Due to Executive Order 27, mobile syringe exchange and home delivery is available. Also, the 1-for-1 rule is temporarily suspended.
Know your OPTIONS
Wherever you are in your journey, you are not alone. The Maine OPTIONS initiative, which stands for Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone and Safety, can direct you to local harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and prevention services. Learn where you can get harm reduction supplies, what you can do to save a life, when you should call 9-1-1, and who you can turn to with questions regarding substance use, treatment, and recovery.
Drug Data Hub Quick Facts
Source: University of Maine, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative.
Source: Office of Behavioral Health, Substance use disorder treatment trends.