Recovery coaches, new rules big factors in state’s opioid downturn

by Ruth Leubecker

Reversing the escalating trend of the opioid epidemic in Maine has been a primary official goal since Gov. Janet Mills took office.

“There is now great hope for recovery,” Gordon Smith, the state’s first director of opioid response, said last week. “Washington County has always had the highest fatality rate from overdose, but this is a very complex problem that takes a very comprehensive solution.”

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