Sen. Collins meets Kennebunk Police Chief to discuss opioid epidemic

Sen. Collins meets Kennebunk Police Chief to discuss opioid epidemic

U. S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) met with Kennebunk Police Chief Robert MacKenzie on Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis.

MacKenzie, who was in Washington to attend the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative Capitol Hill Day, received the Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award earlier this month for his efforts to curb the opioid problem in southern Maine, including increasing the number of recovery coaches in the area, and training officers and others on the use of Narcan to save those who overdose on opioids.

“Chief MacKenzie has been a leader in fighting the opioid epidemic, working with trained individuals in York County to help Mainers who are struggling with substance use disorders,” Collins said. “I look forward to our continued efforts together to keep our communities safe.”

Collins was a speaker at the Maine Chiefs of Police Association Winter Conference were MacKenzie received his award.

Collins has worked to solve the opioid epidemic in Maine with its law enforcement officers. This year, Collins worked to include $3.8 billion to fight the opioid epidemic into the 2020 fiscal year funding, as well as worked with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to introduce legislation that would create 1,000 new medical residency positions across the country as part of an opioid workforce.