Now, members of the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee are considering a bill that would offer help for homeless addicts.
If the bill gets approval from the legislature and the governor it would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to target addicts needing shelter and rehab services. The cost of the services has yet to be determined.
Representative Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, said "I Think when you look at the cost of the medication and the housing, and you balance against the cost this population is already causing us with emergency room visits and hospitalizations, it's definitely going to be a cost effective way to help these people. And help solve this crisis."
Representative Gattine said he believes the bill has bi-partisan support.
However, the bill is waiting for the health committee to recommend it either pass or not, before it's sent to the full legislature.