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Opioid task force releases recommendations to state lawmakers

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AUGUSTA (WGME) -- What to do about Maine's opioid crisis?

On Tuesday, a task force studying the problem released some recommendations for Maine lawmakers.

Task force members want to increase access to substance abuse treatment. They also want to focus efforts on children, the uninsured and people in jail or prison.

Task force members said they had to come up with sustainable ideas in order to turn the tide on this epidemic.

"You're always balancing the need for fast action, given the fact that this is a crisis immediately,” said task force member Bob Fowler, of Milestone Recovery. “And then also looking at police that can be put into place that will have a sustained, long-term impact."

Law enforcement officials say 185 Mainers died of drug overdose in the first six months of this year.

Last year the total number of deaths was 376, more than one Mainer every day.

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