Maine Opiate Collaborative – Law Enforcement Task Force

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Last month I reviewed the recommendations of the Prevention and Harm Reduction task force of the US Attorney’s Maine Opiate Collaborative.  This month I will share the recommendations of the Law Enforcement task force of the collaborative, which was made up of representatives of law enforcement agencies spanning the state. And let me preface this… Read more »

Maine Opiate Collaborative

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Last fall, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty, Attorney General Janet Mills and Commissioner John Morris formed the Maine Opiate Collaborative following Senator King’s roundtable forums on opiate abuse and the governor’s forum on the same topic. The Collaborative consisted of three task forces:  Prevention and Harm Reduction, Law Enforcement and Treatment.  Each of these task forces,… Read more »

An Overview of Naloxone

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Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving antidote for opioid (heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl and others) and PCHC is committed to making it as widely available as possible. With 272 opioid overdose deaths in 2015, a 31% increase from 2014, we are faced with our most significant public health challenge in decades and we must respond at all… Read more »

You Gotta Get Some Sleep

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It seems like every time I am asked to talk or write about a disease or healthcare challenge, when I look into disease management and maximizing health, good sleep is among the top recommendations.  Whether it’s an inflammatory disease, heart disease lung disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, stress or chronic pain, adequate, restful restorative sleep improves… Read more »

10 Causes of Heart Attack — Part 1

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In addition to movie discounts and joke fodder for my children, my AARP membership sometimes also provides some interesting medical information. It’s usually pretty reliable and often useful but a recent Facebook posting by AARP caught my eye.  It was entitled “10 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers” and it’s a very interesting list, but before we… Read more »

Eyes Up!

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Although I made it through another Black Friday without spending a penny (due more to an aversion to shopping than any principled stand against the degradation of holidays with naked consumerism) I have not been immune to the relentless marketing of “goodies” via email and social media.  Electronics are always pushed especially hard and have… Read more »

Risky Business

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With all of the justifiable attention to the challenge of opioid (heroin and prescription narcotic) addiction in our state it is easy to lose sight of the harm that results from the unsafe use of alcohol. Here are some facts about alcohol use in our society: 1 in 4 high school students in Maine reports… Read more »

A Pain in the … Back

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Earlier this year I suffered a fairly significant episode of low back pain due to a herniated disc.  Yes, I overdid it and I did not lift that air conditioner as carefully as I might have, so I accept full blame.  That didn’t make it any better when the spasms set in in the middle… Read more »

Summertime Heat

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Summer is here and after the winter of 2015 we rightly expect to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to enjoy the warm weather and the beauty of our lakes, rivers, seashore and woods.  Most of the time in summertime in Maine, we are blessed with comfortably warm days and comfortably cool nights. … Read more »

Reduce Your Risk of Lyme Disease

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Summer is here and in addition to all that we enjoy about this time of year, it is also the season when insects reappear. Some are nuisances (black flies!), some help control nuisances (dragon flies!) and still others carry disease which can profoundly impact our wellbeing. The common deer tick (ixodes scapularis) carries the bacterium… Read more »