The most forested state in the nation is sadly not immune to the drug and alcohol addiction epidemic. The addiction problem has increased in recent years, fuelled by the opioid epidemic that has hit all of America. The severity of the problem is evidenced by the recent rise in drug overdose deaths by 38% in 2016.
Opioids have led to numerous loss of lives in the whole nation through accidental overdoses. Maine is one of the states that has witnessed the deadly effects of the opioid epidemic. In 2017, it was in the top ten list of the US states with the highest opioid overdose rates.
The state lost 313 people to opioid overdose in 2016, partly contributed by the 985,462 opioid prescriptions written by the state’s doctors the previous year. 63% of the deaths were caused by fentanyl, which one of the most potent synthetic opioids.
Four hundred twenty-four people died from total drug overdoses in 2016. In the state, 60% of the cases involving children going into state custody were traced to parental drug abuse. From 2012 to 2015, opiates lead as the drugs that cause the highest number of people to seek rehabilitation.
Alcohol is also a massive problem in the state, with 36% of those seeking recovery treatment having perennial drinking problems. Marijuana, cocaine, and meth are the other significant drugs the people of Maine are addicted to.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.