March 21, 2019

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WATCH: Today Show Highlights Gov Janet Mills’ Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Kate Snow: “Things Are Really Changing In Maine Right Now”

Today, NBC’s Today Show profiled Maine’s innovative approach to fighting the opioid crisis. Police forces in the state have adopted a more comprehensive strategy that helps those struggling with addiction access treatment rather than forcing them into the criminal justice system. The profile also highlighted the changes that Gov. Janet Mills has already instituted in her short time since taking office. Mills issued an executive order that distributed 35,000 doses of Narcan around the state, began integrating substance abuse treatment into the criminal justice system, and created a network of 250 recovery coaches to be deployed throughout the state. Last year, her Republican predecessor actually vetoed legislation increasing the availability of overdose treatment.

Watch the entire segment HERE:

KATE SNOW: Things are really changing in Maine right now. The new governor signed an executive order to distribute 35,000 doses of that overdose antidote Narcan across the state. They are also hiring hundreds or recovery coaches…

HODA KOTB: It’s like you need more of those places where someone can go without fear of being arrested and know that they can start the rehab process.

KATE SNOW: That’s right. It’s really been making a difference in a lot of communities where there’s that kind of no judgment, “we’re just going to help you” kind of situation.