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    Amy Alexander of Brunswick, a former prescription opiate addict, has been a patient for eight years at the CAP Quality Care clinic in Westbrook, where methadone is part of the substance recovery program. “This is the first place I got the help that I needed. This has been a lifesaver,” said Alexander, 50. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    Inspirational posters are displayed near the dosage windows at the CAP Quality Care clinic in Westbrook, which offers methadone treatment to patients as part of their substance recovery process. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    Vanessa Leavitt puts out Tang and Kool-Aid for patients to take with their Methadone doses Thursday at the CAP Quality Care clinic in Westbrook. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    Courtney Clark, left, Vanessa Leavitt, center, and Deanna Boisvert speak together Thursday before patients come in for their methadone doses at the CAP Quality Care clinic in Westbrook. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    Vanessa Leavitt dispenses the liquid form of methadone at CAP Quality Care. “Methadone gives people their lives back, and allows them to raise their children, go to work and be a contributing member of society,” said Kathy Alarie, a clinic program director. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew says Suboxone is a superior addiction treatment to methadone, above, and the state would save about $750,000 per year by eliminating methadone coverage for MaineCare patients. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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