$129,000 Grant Announced for a New Ambulance in Piscataquis County to Combat Opioid Epidemic
LEWISTON, Maine – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a founding member of the Congressional Rural Hospitals Caucus and the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, is announcing a grant to several towns in Piscataquis County as part of the ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
“Our emergency responders put their lives on the line every day to perform their duties and we must make sure they have the reliable and functional equipment to do their jobs,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Ambulances are especially important for a highly rural state like Maine, where the nearest hospital or treatment center could be hours away. I am glad Mainers in Piscataquis County will have greater access to healthcare and one more tool to combat the opioid epidemic.”
The funding for the Community Facilities Grant Program was included in the March government spending bill. Congressman Poliquin worked across the aisle to increase resources to help rural communities fight this epidemic.
The grant is awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency. The $129,000 federal grant, along with $43,777 from Three Rivers Ambulance Services, will be used to purchase a new ambulance to replace an outdated one. According to the release, opioid overdose emergency calls increased by more than 80 percent from 2014 to 2017.
Congressman Poliquin, a founding member of the Congressional Rural Hospitals Caucus and the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, joined USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, state lawmakers, medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, and community leaders to discuss how we can work together to fight the opioid crisis in rural Maine.