Gideon talks about opioid epidemic, coronavirus impact at campaign stops Thursday

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon said Maine’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, during her time has Maine House Speaker, has helped Mainers with substance use disorder get treatment.Gideon met with members of the Scarborough Police Department on Thursday to review its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic through Operation Hope.Operation Hope is a program for law enforcement to connect people with treatment.Gideon also toured Barreled Souls brewery in Saco to hear how businesses are coping with the coronavirus outbreak after more than six months.Gideon said she was not surprised by a new Quinnipiac University poll finding the coronavirus and health care among the top issues for Maine voters.”It’s health care, it’s the cost of prescription drugs, it’s the opioid epidemic, it is the way this president has handled coronavirus and this pandemic. It’s what our economy looks like and how we have strong enough public health to rebuild our economy,” Gideon said.The poll also found the economy, law and order, climate change and the Supreme Court among top issues for Mainers.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon said Maine’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, during her time has Maine House Speaker, has helped Mainers with substance use disorder get treatment.

Gideon met with members of the Scarborough Police Department on Thursday to review its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic through Operation Hope.

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Operation Hope is a program for law enforcement to connect people with treatment.

Gideon also toured Barreled Souls brewery in Saco to hear how businesses are coping with the coronavirus outbreak after more than six months.

Gideon said she was not surprised by a new Quinnipiac University poll finding the coronavirus and health care among the top issues for Maine voters.

“It’s health care, it’s the cost of prescription drugs, it’s the opioid epidemic, it is the way this president has handled coronavirus and this pandemic. It’s what our economy looks like and how we have strong enough public health to rebuild our economy,” Gideon said.

The poll also found the economy, law and order, climate change and the Supreme Court among top issues for Mainers.