- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s attorney general has distributed more than 850 doses of an opioid overdose antidote to police, aiming to arm first responders with the lifesaving drug amid a growing number of overdose deaths.

The office of Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills tells the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2b6erzf ) 14 people have been revived since they began distributing the drug, naloxone, in June.

Maine saw 272 drug overdose deaths last year - a 31 percent increase from 2014.

Mills’ office has spent more than $75,000 to buy more than 2,000 doses. They’re distributed in two-packs and cost $75 each.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill in April that would’ve made the drug available at pharmacies without a prescription.

LePage’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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