A soon-to-be-released study from the University of Maine at Machias finds that Down East clammers and lobstermen face steep barriers to health care access, despite greater risks of job-related injuries and other health issues that can sometimes lead to substance use disorders.

Tora Johnson, the lead author and an associate professor, said the study is one of the first of its kind to focus on Down East Maine, where fisheries are big economic drivers.

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