After initially being rejected last month, today the Legislative Council voted unanimously in favor of Representative Drew Gattine’s bill – LR 2744 An Act to Create the Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Pilot Project (H.O.U.S.E.) – to be heard in the upcoming session.
As the opioid crisis devastates communities across Maine, Preble Street is reversing overdoses almost every week. Once every eight days Preble Street staff have to respond to life-threatening emergencies. Just last week, we responded to two overdoses and saved two lives. For us, it is as real and as tragic as it comes.
Every day—every single day—people plead with us for housing and treatment options. And every day—every single day—we can barely offer them even a glimmer of hope.
This is a catastrophic public health crisis, one of the worst we’ve lived through, with deadly consequences to the people we serve. H.O.U.S.E. provides treatment for substance use disorders and stable housing to support recovery for opioid users who are among the most vulnerable in Maine.