Attorney general lays out state of addiction in Maine

Attorney general lays out state of addiction in Maine


AS MORE.>>IF WE HAD 286 WASHED UP ON THE SHORES OF CAPE ELIZABETH OR SCARBOROUGH IN ONE SMALL PERIOD OF TIME, I THINK WE WOULD BE ASTOUNDED. I THINK THINGS WOULD COME TO A GROUNDING ALL. I THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE MARCHING IN THE STREET. REPORTER: THE NUMBER 286 HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET MILLS.>>WE’RE NOT TKING ABOUT BABY SEALS, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS. WHY AREN’T PEOPLE MARCHING IN THE STREETS ABOUT THIS? REPORTER: 286 MAINERS DIED BETWEEN JANUARY AND SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE. BY YEAR’S END, THE NUMBER TOPPED 378.>>THAT’S AN EPIDEMIC BY ANY BODY’S DEFINITION. ABOUT A DRUG OVERDOSEEATH A DAY IN MAINE. IT’S A DRAMATIC RISE FROM JUST 5 YEARS AGO. 155 OVERDOSES IN 2011, AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS ON THIS GRAPH. 378 IN 2016, THE GHEST EVER. ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECT DATA, TWO THIRDS OF MAINE DRUG DEATHS INVOLVED MEN, AGES RANGED FROM 18 TO 89.>>NOW THAT IS IS HITTING FAMILIES OF ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC STRATA, UP AND DOWN THE STATE, IN ALL COUNTIES AND IN ALL COMMUNITIES, IT’S TIME WE TALKED ABOUT IT OPENLY. REPORTER: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS GIVEN 40 MAINE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES NARCAN, THE LIFE-SAVING OPIOID OVERDOSE ANTI-DOTE. IT’S SAVED NEARLY 75 MAINERS’ LIVES. NEW OPIOID RULES ARE SETO GO INTO EFFECT THIS MARCH LIMITING PRESCRIPTIONS LIKE A 30-D SUPPLY OF PILLS FOR CHRONIC PAIN. THERE’S ALSO THE PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM WHICH REQUIRES DOCTORS RUN NAMES THROUGH A DATABASE BEFORE WRITING A SCRIPT. CRACKS –>>CLEARLY OUR EFFORTS NEED TO BE INCREASED. REPORTER: DR. RON SPRINGEL IS A RECOVERY ADVOCATE. HE SAYS THE NUMBERS ARE STARTLING BUT IT’S DIFFICULT TO TRACK IF MEASURES TO PREVE OVERDOSES, LIKE EDUCATIONND OUTREACH, ARE WORKING. ONE KEY HE SAYS IS THE RELATIONSHIBETWEEN CHILD AND PARENT.>>ESTABLISHING TRUST IN THAT RELATIONSHIP AT AN EARLY AGE IS REALLY THE KEY TO PREVENTION. REPORTER: AND KNOWING IF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RUNS IN YOUR FAMILY.>>IT MEANS YOU MAY NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS IF YOU DRINK OR ALCOHOL OR USE SUBSTANCES LIKE NARCOTICS. REPORTER: NARCOTICS LIKE FENTANYL ARE TO BLAME FOR MAI’S DRAMATIC RISE IN OVERDOSES. DRUG DEALERS ARE SELLING ILLICIT VERSIONS OF THE PAIN KILLER, OFTEN PUSHING THE TOLERANCE OF A DRUG USER, KILLING THE INSTANTLY. FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL MILLS, THE NUMBERS MAY GET BETTER, IF WE KEEP TALKING.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO WAKE UP MAINE PEOPEL TO — MAINE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS AN EXTREME EXTRAORDINARY PROBLEM. EVEN IF PEOPLE AREN’T TALKING ABOUT IT, THERE ISN’T A COMMUNITY IN MAINE THAT HASN’T LOST PEOPLE TO ADDICON, THAT HASN’T LOSTEOPLE TO HEROIN OVERDOSE IN PARTICULAR. REPORTER: HELP IS AVAILABILE BY CALLING MAINE’S COMMUNITY RESOURCE LINE, 211.

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