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WESTBROOK, Maine - The state's largest substance abuse treatment center will close its doors by the end of August, and attempt to find placements for about 250 patients who are being treated with Suboxone for their opiate addiction.

Patty Wight / MPBN

FALMOUTH, Maine - Many primary care doctors commit to the profession because of their passion for caring for patients. But the reality of the job often requires doctors to pack each day with patient appointments. As time with patients shrinks and administrative tasks swell, the quality of care can suffer.

Out of frustration, some Maine doctors have decided to abandon the conventional treatment model for something called direct primary care.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Drug deaths in Maine are on the rise. That according to preliminary numbers from the Maine attorney general's office, which found 40 more Mainers succumbed to drugs last year than in in 2013.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to give terminally ill Mainers the freedom to hasten their deaths.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislative committee says schoolchildren should be allowed to take prescribed marijuana on school grounds if a parent or guardian administers it on campus.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs approved the legislation on Thursday. The rule means school nurses and personnel won't be responsible for storing or administering marijuana. A parent, guardian or caregiver would have to come to campus to administer it.