AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are discussing a bill that aims to help the state communicate better on fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic.

The bill presented on Wednesday would create a substance abuse disorder cabinet, made up of commissioners from all state departments. WABI-TV reports Gov. Janet Mills has already created this cabinet via executive order, but the proposal would cement it into law.

Rep. Patricia Hymanson, the bill's sponsor, says the proposal would help cabinet officials talk to each other about ways to prevent drug addiction and promote recovery efforts. No one spoke in opposition to the proposed legislation.

(Information from: WABI-TV,

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