Hike in overdose deaths spurs support for Rep. Anne Perry’s bill

by Ruth Leubecker

As the death toll linked to the opioid epidemic in Maine mounts annually, a new approach is being considered amidst a mixed reaction to the surge.

With decades of medical experience as a legislator and as a nurse practitioner, Rep. Anne Perry (D-Calais) has proposed LD 967, which would decriminalize drug possession in small amounts. While the bill does not specify the amounts, Perry calls this a first step toward extending a lifeline to those with substance use disorder.

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