Ryan’s personal story isn’t about how he got lost in the depths of opioid use disorder but an honest account of his challenges and triumphs in treatment and recovery, the support of his family, the love for his daughter, and his focus on getting an education and starting a new job.
Prescription drugs have killed more than a thousand Mainers in the last 10 years and devastated many more lives.
“The safety and efficacy of these medications (Methadone and Suboxone) are very well established.” But, “Access to treatment continues to be an issue.”
“We’re (CHLB) using every outlet we can to try to heighten awareness of this issue (opioid abuse).”
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Bangor Police Department will host a prescription take-back event on site. Please bring any unused prescriptions you wish to safely dispose of.
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Your entrance fee will help pay for treatment for uninsured clients.
“We hope to encircle those fighting, in treatment for or in recovery from opioid use disorder and their families with care, support and kindness.”
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The conversations I had that evening were a refreshing change, yet I still left feeling a little bit heartbroken.