BANGOR- The Bangor City Council is discussing the next steps towards solving the opioid epidemic in our city following a federal ruling that the regulation of methadone clinics is discriminatory.
At Monday night’s meeting, city council members heard from Dr. Noah Nesin from Penobscot Community Health Center.
Dr. Nesin spoke about the severity of the issue and how it needs to be treated like other diseases such as diabetes or asthma.
This conversation comes after a law suit was filed against the city for voting against the expansion of the Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center.
Dr. Nesin says he understands the council’s hesitation to expand treatment facilities, but says it is necessary to save lives.
“Medically, yeah, the more available we can make treatments, the more people we’ll help enter recovery and the fewer deaths we’ll see,” said Dr. Nesin.
Council Chair Joe Baldacci says that Dr. Nesin made some important points and the council is working to figure out next steps for the city.
“Absolutely the best interest of the city has to be considered. Literally, that’s our number one priority from several angles,” said Councilor Baldacci.
Councilor Baldacci says he is not sure when a decision will be made.