|December 18, 2017
Opioid Task Force Issues Final Report
"The task force recognized that the final recommendations to address the opioid crisis needed to take an integrated and comprehensive approach. The recommendations are broken into three categories to reflect the work of the small groups and the approach of the MOC [Maine Opiate Collaborative]. However, in developing the recommendations, the task force did not lose sight of how the categories are interrelated."(from the report's Executive Summary)
The Task Force recommendations are divided into three sections: prevention and harm reduction; treatment and recovery; and law enforcement. The report also discusses the background of the crisis and the genesis of the task force and gives a summary of its meetings.
The Task Force's work is not without its critics. Dr. Mark Publicker, an addiction treatment specialist, pointed out that there have been many other, similar task forces that have tried to address this issue. "This is...well meaning but resulting in the same recommendations that have been made multiple times before."
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