According to the Kennebec Journal, the city of Augusta, Maine is looking to create a program that closely mirror's Waterville's Operation HOPE, which stands for Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort. As states and municipalities around the country face an ongoing battle with opioids, substance abuse and overdoses, Maine continues to be one of the hardest hit when it comes to substance abuse and overdoses per capita.

Augusta City Councilors have approved a measure which will allow the city to apply for a federal grant which would kickstart the program. The program would be orchestrated through the Augusta Fire Department and would cost about $250,000 for the first year. The program would also see a 'project coordinator' position created.

The deadline for the city to apply for the grant is today (Monday, April 19th) and needs to be applied for through Chellie Pingree's office. According to city councilor Courtney Allen, who sits on the City's Ad-Hoc 'Substance Use Task Force',  “Some of the money would be used for treatment resources and supplies for folks as they go into treatment.”

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