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Monday, April 24, 2017
We Choose to Go to the Moon!
On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy proposed that “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Eight years later, Kennedy’s . . .
Midcoast Recovery Coalition Update: Praying for Michael
Michael has an illness as dangerous as any a young adult can face. This illness takes more lives than motor vehicle accidents and suicides, which topped the list of causes of death of young adults in the past. Michael’s disease . . .
Knox County Recovery Coalition Update: “High and Seek” — What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drug Use
In “When Teens Lie About Drugs: A Guide for Parents,” an article published on WebMD, it says: “If Tom Hedrick, a founding member of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, could change one thing about teen drug use . . .
Knox County Recovery Coalition Update: We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem
In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 2,220,300 Americans were incarcerated in US federal or state jails and prisons, of which Maine accounted for about 2,000 people. This was on the order of one . . .
Knox County Recovery Coalition Update
On the front page of the Free Press on February 11, 2016, “Dr. Mandel’s Revolution” was announced. It was a call to action for Knox County to finally do something about the worsening opiate crisis in our communities. . . .
Knox County Recovery Coalition Update
“Six in 10 Mainers know someone who has used heroin or abused prescribed opiate painkillers,” according to a Portland Press Herald poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire. That means . . .
Knox County Recovery Coalition — A Healthy Community Is Stronger Than Any Drug
Imagine this: Imagine that you woke up one day and found that your life had changed. Imagine, after years of being a good responsible person and a good family member, that your behavior suddenly . . .
Help on the Way: Newly Formed Knox Recovery Coalition
At the April 12th meeting at Rockland City Council Chambers, a large group of stakeholders met to organize and to make plans to address the opiate addiction crisis in Knox County. . . .
Knox County Drug Addiction Workgroup to Meet April 12
Opiate addiction continues to dominate the news across the United States, with increasing recognition that it has reached a crisis stage. Every day, more than 130 Americans die of drug overdoses, equivalent to . . .
Neighbors Helping Neighbors — Opiate Addiction Update
Rockland Mayor Louise Mac- Lellan-Ruf and I, along with Knox County Community Health Coalition, are coordinating a follow-up meeting to last month’s community forum, Heroin/Opiate Addiction . . .
Update: Neighbors Helping Neighbors — Don’t Let Vacationland Turn Into a Wasteland
Maine license plates tout our state as “Vacationland,” while visitors to Maine are greeted with a “The Way Life Should Be” slogan. Certainly, many of us in Knox County like to think of our . . .
Pen Bay’s Plans for Addiction Services Still Not Enough
Pen Bay’s recent response regarding its plans for addiction services in Knox County (see Dr. Robert Stein’s column in last week’s Free Press) is just not enough, as the fact is . . .
Opiate Addiction Update — Possibility of Boots on the Ground in Six Weeks
This series of columns, with a theme of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, is dedicated to making our community a healthier place for us all to live. Ultimately, the health of our community . . .
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
This is the first in a series of columns that will be dedicated to making our community a healthier place for us all to live. Ultimately, the health of our community can be assured only by our joining together as neighbors to support each other. Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be the recurring theme of the columns, and this first one is devoted to the most pressing issue facing Knox County at this time . . .
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