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Heroin & Opiates: Policing vs. Treatment: The opiate crisis in Maine is at an inflection point. The governor is promising a crackdown on users and traffickers. Yet those who need treatment face reduced medical benefits and tighter controls on opiate therapy drugs to prevent diversion. Both options are needed. Which will have better results for Maine?

Obamacare and drug abuse

With all the chatter about Obamacare, you may not have heard about health reform’s major implications for those struggling with drug abuse. (Check out our ongoing Affordable Care Act series with the Sun Journal for a primer on the law.) Today, our health system largely segregates treatment of our physical health from care for our mental […]

Why we shouldn’t be concerned with Maine pharmacists caught abusing drugs

This week the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting warns that over the past decade, 13 Maine pharmacists were relicensed/reinstated despite documented histories of substance abuse and theft. These numbers seem disconcerting. They’re not. If we eliminate those convicted of theft without abusing substances, we’re talking about one professional a year. We should be more […]

MaineFocus highlighted as unique effort in ‘solutions journalism’

A few week ago, Natalie Feulner, Erin Rhoda and I spoke with Keith Hammonds, chief operating officer of the Solutions Journalism network, about MaineFocus and its mission. SoJo, as it’s known, is a new nonprofit pushing news organizations to introduce “solutions” based reporting, as well as support solutions-based journalism and journalists across the country. Keith’s […]

Addiction and recovery for women conference scheduled Sept. 6

Husson University’s Institute for Continuing Health Education Programming will host University of California, Los Angeles integrated substance abuse program professor, Christine Grella at an addiction and recovery for women conference Sept. 6. Grella will share the results of her latest research about chemical dependence and gender differences in substance abuse trends, according to a news […]

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