LePage is actually saying very little about addiction 

I usually appreciate the editorial stances taken by the BDN. In their column from Friday, “LePage is finally saying the right things about opiate addiction treatment”, the author extols the value of Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORP) with no acknowledgement of the systemic limitations placed upon it by DHHS nor inclusion of the value of any […]

The truth about Naloxone

The Bangor Daily News contributed to a report from the Kaiser Health News, published Thursday  with a most unfortunate headline: “Patients get hooked on opioid overdose antidote, then prices skyrocket” The article references the opiate overdose anecdote, Naloxone, which immediately reverses the effects of opiates upon entering the body and saves lives. Naloxone cannot be abused […]

Compassion fatigue: how to avoid it and recover from it

Novelist Spider Robinson wrote, “Any shrink’s office from which laughter is not heard at least as often as tears should be shut down immediately.” I’m a huge believer in that.  While folks like me know that we live at the extremes, we overlook how this impacts us emotionally. We feel everything or nothing. We’re either […]

Mayhew’s next atrocity can be prevented

It feels like every week I read about the latest amazingly unthinkable thing that Mayhew and LePage have done. Sometimes it’s harming the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, other days we’re discussing lowering the eligibility of Maine’s Medicaid program to below what federal levels of poverty were, prior to decentralizing “welfare programs” under Clinton’s […]

The back story isn’t usually a back alley

Today’s blog is a guest apperance by Molly Stevens who writes Shallow Reflections for BDN.. She shares her experience working in health care: Consider the following two scenarios. – Patient #1 had a life-sustaining blood transfusion before 1985 and contracted HIV. – Patient #2 contracted HIV by sharing a dirty needle with an infected heroin […]

Cops, docs, and addiction: How we prevent them from getting help

I have a mantra for reading articles of online newspapers: Don’t read the comments. Don’t read the comments. Don’t read the comments Then, of course…I read the damned comments. Yesterday’s Bangor Daily covered the plea deal for Mark Westrum, career police officer and correctional administrator for Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Mr. Westrum was […]