Every Thursday at 6 p.m. a group gathers in the St. Francis Conference Room at 294 Center Street , on St. Joseph Healthcare’s Bangor campus. The members come together for the same reason — with hope and intent to help others as they help themselves. This group of incredible people are givers, survivors, and care givers. […]
I am coming to the end of my time managing this blog. There are four local Bangor healthcare organizations that contribute to it and on behalf of my organization — St. Joseph Healthcare — I’ve been writing for it since April. At the end of this month I’ll hand it off to another provider. So, as I thought about my final blog […]
Instead of another sad statistic of a death, we have the good news of a life saved.
And heroin deaths have now surpassed gun homicides.
It gives me hope. Something we all need these days.
While much is known about the many costs of addiction and problematic drug use, we know very little about what happens to family members of those using or in recovery.
Now we have a new, terrifying wrinkle in this mess.
“Newer research tells us that opioids can actually cause pain. It activates the pain centers in the brain and the pain receptors on the cells, so it’s really, for a lot of people, making their pain worse or keeping their pain alive.”
A Florida police department used this clever image to show the true danger of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil, and how much it would take to kill you.
“I took the ashes of my son, in a shoe box. I held him in a shoe box. The same son I had held 21 years ago as a baby. And I sprinkled his ashes there.”