The Diversion Alert Program provides secure online access to drug arrest data to health care providers so they can identify patients at risk of overdosing, in need of addiction treatment or engaged in illegal prescription drug distribution.
Clare Desrosiers, who runs the program out of her home in the southern Aroostook community of Linneus, said it tackles the underlying cause of prescription drug abuse — access to drugs through prescribers.
The program initially was established in Aroostook County in 2009 before being expanded statewide in 2013 with funding from a two-year grant from the Maine attorney general’s office. The money runs out this month.
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The bill cuts the FDA out of the process entirely, allowing terminally ill patients to go to drug companies directly if their doctor recommends it.
Poliquin raised eyebrows last week when he was one of only three House Republicans to vote against a bill to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell