Planned Parenthood supports bill to provide nonprescription medicine in vending machines


    Planned Parenthood says they want to increase the availability of care for Mainers, and are supporting a bill to allow the sale of nonprescription medicine in vending machines. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) – Planned Parenthood says they want to increase the availability of care for Mainers, and are supporting a bill to allow the sale of nonprescription medicine in vending machines.

    "Everyone should be able to get affordable, high-quality sexual and reproductive health care in their communities, no matter where they live or how much money they make," Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Northern New England and Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund Nicole Clegg said. "Wellness vending machines dispensing nonprescription medicines like emergency contraception and pain relievers will increase the availability of care for Mainers."

    Planned Parenthood’s activist group at USM wants to install health and wellness vending machines on campus.

    The group says these vending machines would provide pain relievers, cold medicine and emergency contraception.

    CVS has announced plans to place vending machines in travel locations.

    "Whether you become nauseous at the airport or come down with a cold at the bus station, or need emergency contraception after a sexual assault, or you get a migraine in between classes, a vending machine with over-the-counter medications will make the world of a difference in accessing healthcare for Mainers all across the state," leader of the Planned Parenthood student group at USM Emma Donnelly said.

    Maine law currently prevents the sale of over-the-counter medicine in vending machines.

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