Sept. 20, 2021, 6:00 AM EDTBy Patrice Gaines Throughout her adult life, Miquelle West has hesitated to date. Dating might lead to love, which might lead to marriage. And Miquelle does not want to marry until her mother can walk her down the aisle. Her mother, Michelle, now 60, has been incarcerated for almost three… Continue Reading →
by Hannah Catlin Healthy Acadia and Aroostook Mental Health Center, which both won million dollar federal grants last week to combat the opioid epidemic, will use the money primarily on community prevention and training initiatives. A total of 502 Mainers died of an overdose last year, and there were roughly 360 overdose deaths by the end of… Continue Reading →
Hannah Catlin • September 3, 2021 CARIBOU, Maine — In photographs, TJ Poitraw smiles kindly into the camera. His mom, Renee Fulton, said he was the type of guy who was always trying to make people laugh, always trying to help other people get better. Poitraw was in recovery and just 26 when he died… Continue Reading →
Today, I read a brief email from my son. He was talking about a woman he loves being in jail and not being able to get out. Understandably, he is heart broken by her choices. He said, “If she could only realize how shitty it is, what I would give for a second chance.” Those… Continue Reading →
California looking to pay drug addicts to stay sober by ADAM BEAM | Associated Press Thursday, August 26th 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Frustrated by out-of-control increases in drug overdose deaths, California’s leaders are trying something radical: They want the state to be the first to pay people to stay sober. The federal government has… Continue Reading →
August 27, 2021 Evan Popp For Leo Hylton, prison abolition doesn’t mean having no system at all: it means replacing what is with what should be. “It’s tearing down the structures that exist and building ones that can be restorative in nature,” said Hylton, who is serving a 40-year sentence in the Maine prison system. … Continue Reading →
Two years ago twenty eight people were arrested on federal drug charges in Aroostook County. The charges claimed each was a part of a large conspiracy to distribute drugs. If you follow my blog, you will know that when you are charged in a conspiracy, you are charged with the actions of every person involved…. Continue Reading →
“Well do you think he’s learned a lesson?” A friend and family member asked this question in my home about my son yesterday. Thankfully, I was not within earshot at the time. But let me just say what this lesson has been for the handsome, young man in this photo. Not only his lesson, but… Continue Reading →
By Nora D. Volkow Aug. 3, 2021 Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue to be informed by myths and misconceptions…. Continue Reading →
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