Decrease Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction continue to be a major health problem in Maine and the nation.

The number of deaths related to drug overdose has risen sharply, both nationally and in Maine.  Maine had the fifth largest increase in drug overdose deaths between the periods 2012-2014 and 2013-2015,  Many consider drug overdose deaths and the impact of drug abuse and addiction on law enforcement, education, public safety, communities and families to be one of our most pressing public health issues.


Clinical Strategies

  • Train practice teams on standardized screening tools, proper prescribing practices and patient engagement.
  • Strengthen pharmacy practice/policy.
  • Expand use of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).
  • Expand access to treatment and use of alternative treatment therapies.
  • Educate patient/family on medication management, storage and disposal.
  • Standardize and expand Naloxone prescribing.
  • Expand pre-natal addiction care services.
  • Expand treatment capacity.

Community Strategies

  • Implement evidence-based programs and promising practices.
  • Improve community engagement in interventions.

Policy Strategies

  • Advocate for and implement policy changes.
  • The Snuggle ME Project


    The Snuggle ME Project: Embracing Drug Affected Babies and Their Families in the First Year of Life to Improve Medical Care and Outcomes Maine -- Overview of project, guidelines and tools.



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