This story was recently released in EMHS’ 2016 Annual Report. EMHS and it’s hospitals, Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center, are members of the Community Health Leadership Board. This video tells the story of the current efforts underway in Maine to confront the crisis of opiate addiction in Maine.
People in the Bangor area will have greater access to the life-saving medication Narcan starting February 1, after a Circle of Caring fundraising effort brought in more than $17,000. Narcan is administered by those who suspect a friend or loved one has overdosed on an opioid. Four members of the Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB), […]
A 2014 short animation by Andreas Hykade illustrates an excellent metaphor for addiction that can help bridge better understanding of what addiction looks like for a non-user. Maine is experiencing a community health epidemic of opioid substance use, abuse, and addiction. Perhaps a better understanding of what addiction looks like can help promote awareness among […]
Something as simple as a conversation can go a long way toward averting the disease of addiction.
There are multiple reasons why a proven treatment like buprenorphine is not being made more readily available to those living with opioid use disorder.
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.