Our current community health epidemic involving opiates is complex. From a medical perspective, doctors must find ways to help patients manage severe pain. This requires balancing all the available options with the risks of each treatment. For those who suffer from substance use disorder, the process of overcoming the powerful effects of opioids is long […]
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 […]