Gov. LePage’s dangerous actions make bad national news for Maine

BY RAMONA DU HOUX

April 4th, 2014 

Earlier this year, LePage was featured on  the front page of the Huffington Post with the headline “Gov To Addicts: Drop Dead” because of his opposition to a common-sense bill sponsored by Rep. Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) that would expand access to naloxone to friends and family members of people who are at risk of opioid overdose.

Today U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud challenged Gov. Paul LePage for his opposition to expanding access to a life-saving drug called naloxone.

“It wasn’t Gov. LePage’s rough talk or outrageous claims that put him on the national news, it was his dangerous actions that are standing in the way of saving lives,” said Michaud. “Maine has a significant problem with drug addiction, and it harms not just the individuals who are addicted but also their families and communities.”

LePage was featured in a NBC nightly news story news story Thursday night for his opposition to expanding access to the drug. In the story, LePage said he opposed expanding access to naloxone to family and friends of people struggling with opioid addiction even though the drug can counter the effects of overdose and save lives.

According to NBC Nightly News, naloxone has saved more than 10,000 lives nationwide. A new version of the drug that can be safely and quickly administered by non-medical personnel was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

“To improve lives and fight drug addiction we need a governor who will bring people together to address this serious problem. But, Gov. LePage has shown a failure of leadership. Last year he vetoed a common-sense bill that would increase access to the life saving drug naloxone. Now he is threatening to do it again. If we have a chance to save lives, we should take it,” Michaud said.