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Maine Medical Association exec to lead fight on opioid addiction 

Governor Janet Mills announced on Thursday that she has appointed Gordon Smith, Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association, to serve as the Director of Opioid Response in her administration.  
 
Governor Mills and Smith announced that their first action will be to establish the Prevention and Recovery Cabinet, which will include commissioners from various departments, as well as the Attorney General. The Cabinet will be tasked with ensuring coordination and communication across state agencies on actions regarding law enforcement, prevention, treatment and recovery to combat the opioid epidemic.   
 
Smith has served as chief executive officer of the MMA for twenty-five years.  During this time, MHCA has enjoyed working with him on numerous issues, including the development of regulations on opioid prescription drugs.  We wish him the best in this important new role. 
 
Staff Contact: Rick Erb
President and CEO
rerb@mehca.org