About 400 people seated at tables inside the ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center tapped away on their smartphones. The Message that appeared on their screens asked them to vote with their phones: “Text ONE for the BARN, TWO for Eastern Area Agency on Aging, THREE for Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, FOUR For Literacy Volunteers […]
For people looking for a safe place to go to withdraw from drugs and alcohol, there’s a new offering in the Greater Bangor Area—a social detox facility in Hampden opened its doors this month. New Horizon, a ten bed facility operated by Wellspring is now open. New Horizon is an outpatient residential facility where patients […]
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.”
The main takeaway is that Washington County is still experiencing a staggering rate of death.
It may not be a replacement to treatment, but it has the potential to be a strong enhancement.