The Maine Coalition for Sensible Drug Policy (the Coalition) was established in 2018 in response to the recommendations of the Opioid Task Force convened by the State of Maine. While the Coalition feels that the Task Force’s report was a valiant effort to impact the opioid crisis, it believes that the Task Force was fundamentally limited by process, preventing members from more significantly engaging and altering Maine’s drug policy.


The Coalition formed explicitly to build upon the work of the Task Force, advancing evidence-based practices, emerging promising approaches and innovative new solutions that will meaningfully address the opioid crisis and other failings of Maine’s drug policy. 

In building these recommendations, the Coalition relied heavily on input and leadership from people with a history of drug use, as well as community organizations who work with people who use drugs and people in recovery. 

Downloadable Reports

Organizations that have pledged support for the recommendations include:

ACLU of Maine


Church of Safe Injection

Coastal Recovery Community Center

Frannie Peabody Center

Health Equity Alliance

James’ Place

Journey House

Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Maine Equal Justice Partners

Maine Family Planning

Maine HIV Advisory Committee

Maine People’s Alliance

Maine Prisoners Advocacy Coalition

Maine Prisoners Reentry Network

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Maine Prison Branch

Penobscot Community Health Center

Portland Overdose Prevention Site

Wabanaki Health and Wellness

Young People in Recovery, Maine

If you're interested in joining the Coalition or having your organization listed as a supporter of the report and recommendations email

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