Decriminalization offers different approach to reduce overdose deaths, incarceration

5/3/21–LD 967, which is supported by the Maine Medical Association, would direct people who want to end or reduce their drug use to treatment programs, which are only sometimes available in jail. Furthermore, LD 967 offers a different, and likely more effective, means of reducing the harmful — and too often deadly — impacts of substance use disorder in Maine. Decriminalizing possession of some drugs can go hand-in-hand with the many efforts in Maine to increase treatment options and to make them more available to those who want them. Read