Tag Archives: addiction

Addiction in the family: Education and Support

Please mark your calendars for this local event. It’s free of charge and is a stakeholder meeting to develop greater support for families and friends who have loved ones in active addiction or early recovery: Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:00 PM The BARN (Bangor Area Recovery Network) 142 Center Street, Brewer, Maine The goal of this meeting is […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Maine can lower addiction rates in 2017

I’m a recovery ally. I support recovery from addiction through all known pathways. My efforts are personal and professional. Experience has shown me countless times that grassroots efforts are our greatest hope for reducing rates of addiction, but we’re not yet sufficiently coming together. I quickly tire of rhetoric from politicians and self-appointed experts. (can […]