Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center, D-Rockland, has been appointed to serve on the newly created Task Force to Address the Opiate Crisis in the State.

The objective of the task force is for lawmakers and the public to report back to the state Legislature any recommendations, including legislation, that would assist with addressing the opioid crisis Maine faces.

“It is clear that we are dealing with an emergency and that we must work together if we are to have meaningful and lasting impact. I doubt if any one of us is unaware or unaffected by this true crisis,” says Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, who will serve as House Chair of the Task Force. 

Beebe-Center says, “This task force gives us a good opportunity to create a statewide integrated approach to this crisis. It also gives us the opportunity to put in place preventative and educational efforts to avoid or lessen another crisis. It is an honor to be appointed to this task force.”

Other members of the task force are Rep. Harold L. Stewart III of Presque Isle; Rep. Karen Vachon of Scarborough; Ross Hicks of Brunswick, a person in recovery; Malory Shaughnessy of Westbrook, substance abuse and recovery services provider; Dr. Vernon Gardner of Hampden, physician; and Robert Fowler of South Portland, behavioral health specialist.