PORTLAND (WGME) – As the opioid epidemic rages on in Maine, lawmakers are taking steps to try to stop the number of overdose deaths.
A bill allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense naloxone to anybody, of any age, will now go into law.
Governor LePage initially vetoed the bill, but it was overridden this week.
Nathan Cermelj runs a drug recovery center in Portland, he says this bill is the type of outside the box thinking Maine needs right now.
“A lot of people are dying and I think we’re just trying every avenue possible to give people lifesaving antidotes for something that’s just not being stopped, so I think we have to think outside the box, I think it’s a great idea,” Cermelj said.
Last year, more than one Mainer died every day on average of an opiate overdose.