USDA Officials To Host Rural Roundtable to Better Understand Impacts of Opioid Crisis on Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WABI) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has picked Maine as one of five states to hold roundtable discussions on the nation's opioid crisis.

The aim is to raise awareness and better understand what support rural communities need.

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Anne Hazlett says opioid misuse is impacting the quality of life and economic well-being in small towns.

Hazlett says that's why partnering with rural leaders to address the crisis is critical to the future of rural America.

She says, "We hope that from these conversations we can glean information for best practices which we believe will then be an essential resource to communities facing this issue head on. I think you will see that these events will also help better inform our own efforts in the federal family to be an effective partner. We are approaching this certainly in a manner of action but we need information to inform that action."

Maine's roundtable is set for July 11th in the Greater Bangor Area.