Bangor — A local man is giving hope to the hopeless in central Maine by selling anyone pain pills, regardless of whether or not they can afford health insurance.
“This is really important work,” Stephen Ouellette said, “there are people in my community who need medicine and have nowhere else to go.”
Ouellette doesn’t look the part, and his single-wide trailer tucked away in the woods is unlike any doctor’s office you’re likely to see. But to those he serves, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
The trailer is more than just a place for people to get their medicine: it’s also an informal gathering place, a spot to catch up with friends, meet new ones, and share needles with them.
“I don’t know what I’d do without Dubbah,” said Ashley Michaud, who traveled here today from Dover-Foxcroft. “Dubbah” is Ouellette’s nickname, earned when he was a little boy and would “dub around” the Hampden neighborhood in which he grew up.
“Personally I don’t care if you voted for Hillary or Trump, I’ll sell to anyone who isn’t a cop and has cash in hand,” Ouellette said with a wide, welcoming grin.
President Trump’s continued attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act could leave millions more Americans without insurance, but Dubbah remains optimistic.
“If it means more people will need my help, that’s what I’ll just have to do,” he said.