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  • PabMainer

    Liquid breakfast maybe?? Thankfully without injury to another and hopefully no physical injury to the driver…..Crazy…..

  • Danny Boyd

    I don’t believe knocked over is the proper description of a snapped off pole.

  • Anonymous

    She had just left the Meth Clinic….that is taken from the BPD FB page

    • Anonymous

      “meth” = methamphetamine

      “meth” /= methadone

      • Anonymous

        Archie.. though I understand what you are saying the term “meth” when referring to methadone has worked its way into the language.

        • Anonymous

          Actually it hasn’t. No one in the addiction treatment community would ever use “meth” to mean methadone.

          It means methamphetamine, as in crystal meth.

          One is an illegally produced substance, the other is an FDA approved pharmaceutical.

          • Anonymous

            I understand the difference. But language is made from common usage. For example when a non- “addiction treatment community” coworker of mine mentions a meth clinic I know exactly what he is talking about. so does everyone else and so do you.

  • Anonymous

    heroin addiction
    the gift that keeps on giving

  • asportsfan

    So glad that people with methadone are allowed to leave the clinic and climb behind the wheel…

    • Anonymous

      in south portland they seem to be worse drivers when they race to get to the clinic. just a couple weeks ago, i watched someone switching lanes to pass any cars in the way, then just at the clinic they turned right from the left lane and cut off a crane they had just passed. I see something crazy atleast once a week, and they are almost always on the way to the clinic

      • Anonymous

        I’ve heard similar horror stories happening at the former Turning Tide clinic in Rockland. It’s a miracle nobody got hurt or killed by these addicts who rush to get to the clinic then drive straight across the street without stopping or looking, to buy coffee at Maritime Farms after getting their dose. I used to hear these stories almost daily.

    • Did you miss the part about her being charged with OUI?

    • Anonymous

      Did you miss the part about her also being charged with operating after suspension? What it comes down to is this: if someone is determined to drive, there’s no way we can be sure they’re not a danger(including drunks).

  • laurie

    so glad that no children was hurt there is 2 schools right there and school starts at 9 i believe . that methodone crap is no different the the real drug but hey lets give it them anyway

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else completely outraged by the fact that these folks are given drugs and allowed to get behind the wheel and endanger the safety of the rest of us???? I will never understand it.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they should be legally driving after… But yes others are outraged, myself included

    • Being that she was charged with OUI I would say it is not legal for them to do so.

      • Anonymous

        Obviously she was driving under an intoxicant. However, WHY on earth do they let them leave the methadone clinic and get into cars and drive? Yeah, it sure sounds like it’s illegal, so WHY do they drive away? I really just don’t get this!

        • Captain Kangaroo

          Why do people leave bars drunk and drive?

          • Anonymous

            At a bar you are not under a physician’s care. If you go to a Doctor and get a migraine shot you have to have someone there to drive you home, why don’t they require the same with methadone?

          • BJ Kitchin

            I think this is a fair question.

          • Anonymous

            The lynx was full.

          • Anonymous

            no they don’t the last time i got a shot of morphine for my migraine they wait 30 min then let me leave knowing the fact i was driving so they don’t always stick to that rule especially when they are over crowed. I am not saying driving under the influence of any chemical is okay but it takes 30-60minutes for it to work like any other med i would say and sometimes longer so i don’t no maybe they should be given one hour to get to there destination i’m not sure how it works but they have done some studies regarding methadone and they do say it does not impair your motorskills.

          • Anonymous

            Most people don’t leave bars and drive drunk. Some do on occasion and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Methadone dependents and their providers need to be held to at least those standards.

        • How are the going to prevent it? Are the supposed to follow each person out the door and see if they get behind the wheel?

          • Guest

            If a bartender lets someone drive drunk and they are killed or kill someone without trying to take the appropriate measures and not over-serve, then they can be held liable for it. So why not expect the same from a Health Clinic? Methadone Bar and Gill anyone?

          • Bar and Gill? LOL!! Whether a bartender or server is liable has been asked many times in a court of law. Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not.

            I don’t know if these people sign paperwork stating they will not drive after taking their medication. If they do then that would absolve those that do give them their medication.

            The bottom line though is this woman knew she should not be driving but she didn’t care and choose to but I’m torn on whether they should cut off her methadone.

          • Anonymous

            if she got OUI for drinking should she not drink again or should they ban her from it.

          • Anonymous

            How about the governmant stops being their drug dealer. How long will they keep administering methadone, suboxen and whatever else they give to replace the “illegal drugs” they are trying to get these people off? What makes methadone any better than oxycodone or heroin? From all the stories in the news about the abuse of these substitute drugs and incidents like this, why is there not a time limit for their treatment and taper the dosages to a point where these folks are completely drug free?

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. That is just stupid – “so, to help you get away from illegal drugs, we’ll supply you with legal drugs.” I wonder if I could save time and just let them hook me up to the legal drugs to start with.

        • Anonymous

          well if you thought about it for a minute then you would no any medicine you take takes at least 30-60 minutes to start working its not a miracle drug it don’t work as fast as you take it it takes time like any other medicine so that’s why they can take it and drive i wasn’t trying to be disrespectful i just wanted to clarify that.

    • Anonymous

      I thought there was free government transportation to and from the meth clinics.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the Stillwater bus line ought to be renamed the “Meth Express”

        • Anonymous

          can you guys tell me what meth is cause i thought meth was like crystal meth not methadone methadone is entirely different

      • 02b9c

        Lynx transportation delivers many many people to the clinics…but so many more take their own vehicles and get reimburst by lynx for the trips… oh and they do it seven days a week. you would not even beleive how they mess with the system… the methadone clinics are a clearing house for the ones who abuse the system terribly.

        • Anonymous

          I watch the same people head out via the lynx day after day year after year….Most of them weren’t even addicts…but they sure are now…

          • Guest

            Some people sure do seem to be fascinated with what other people do these days. It’s become a society of voyeurs.

          • Anonymous

            well I think if taxpayers are footing the transport bill, then we should be watching.

          • Would this be a good place to meet some nice young ladies, do u think? Seriously some of them are attractive, and they seem to want to make their lives better. Is it worth a shot? (no pun intended)

      • Anonymous

        She can put in for mileage. If she took another addict with her, they could too.

      • Anonymous

        there isn’t free gov transportation but they do get PAID for mileage and travel…so they hook up and drive three and four to a car and EACH collect the mileage. nice, huh?

    • Anonymous

      It is only a miracle more aren’t dead and haven’t killed innocent others. The fact that so many of these junkies do not have a license helps reduce these numbers as well. Before long, we will have to provide them with cars too then it will get really ugly (er).

    • Anonymous

      Me either. So sad what money can buy.

    • Anonymous

      Most likely she bought it on the street

    • Anonymous

      I bet she sues the meth clinic, lol, lol, lol!

    • Anonymous

      Allowed? Her license was suspended. She wasn’t allowed to drive at all. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from driving. Maybe someday, they will start throw people in jail for OAS but I doubt anytime soon.

  • Anonymous

    The state probably pays for everything else for this woman… Why not a Taxi Cab?

    • Anonymous

      The State would, in fact, pay for her transportation service if she had asked DHHC to do so. Many do get reimbursed for taxis.

      • Anonymous

        They can walk to the clinic.

      • Anonymous

        They get vouchers. They don’t have to shell out money.

  • Superuser23

    Just goes to show what them meth treatments do and why we don’t need them clinics.

  • Anonymous

    It is very lucky that some other driver , innocently driving in that area, did not have that telephone pole come crashing down on their vehicle. It is very fortunate no one was seriously hurt or worse. It is horrible to think of many folks on drugs and medications driving . So unsafe and unfair.

  • Anonymous

    Just one of the many meth “recipients” we are supporting and now it’s very clear that we also have to worry about meeting them on the road…There is no end to stupidity!!

  • We pay them mileage … pay for the drugs … and then wonder if they are “operating under the influence”? .. Government sanctioned addiction ..

    • Anonymous

      And for the drunks, we pay their health care bills, fund their liver transplants, pay the police to break up their fights and cover the cost of their jail sentences. And they kill far more people than methadone patients. Where is your outrage when it comes to the drunks? or are you only concerned about certain types of people?

      • Anonymous

        Shouldn’t be funding any of it. You make that choice in life to be a druggie or drunk.

        • Dope Boy

          Spot on ! The day of excuses has long run it’s course. We got them hook on the methadone so they don’t rob us.
          No problem, but they should not be in possession of a drivers license. Driving is a privilege. (not a right)

          • aheathen

            If you notice in this case in particular she was also summoned for operating after suspension, meaning she has no valid license. Unfortunately this does not stop most people from driving.

        • Anonymous

          You also make the choice to get methadone treatment for your addiction, which like it or not, is the best available option for people with opiate dependency. Is it really the people trying to get help that we should be attacking?

          • Anonymous

            In some ways, yes….if we don’t treat these folks quite so hospitably, perhaps others might think twice before making their incredibly stupid decisions to touch the drugs in the first place!

          • Anonymous

            “perhaps others might think twice before making their incredibly stupid decisions to touch the drugs in the first place!”

            You may find this hard to believe, because you obviously are severely misinformed on this subject, but a large percentage of those who are addicted to opiates got started when they took a legal prescription written by their doctor. I underwent two minor surgeries over the course of a month or so and was prescribed narcotics in both cases, after this it was all over. My addiction spun out of control and snowballed over the next 4 years until I sought help from a methadone clinic, which was the best decision I ever made. It was only after I stopped getting legal prescriptions that I started buying them off the street.

          • asportsfan

            I have had three major surgeries- all of which have incredibly painful recoveries. I was prescribed narcotics, but chose to not take them. I asked for other pain relievers so I would not have to take narcotics.
            It is a choice to take narcotics. A large percentage of people who are addicted CHOOSE to take them and many of them take them illegally.

            People can also choose to go through withdrawal and wean off medication completely. Taking methadone is simply another way to drug the body into thinking it is taking narcotics and should not be the long term solution many addicts are making it.

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        • Anonymous

          While I do agree they should not be behind the wheel of a vehicle, I know it is not a choice. The decision to take that first drug, or drink, was a choice. Becoming an addict is not a choice, it is a process that most people will not be aware is even taking place.

          Many of those taking Methadone will go somewhere and eat, maybe have a cup of coffee and then drive when they feel capable. I don’t know much about dosing for methadone, but if a driver is obviously impaired, it would seem they need their dose reduced. That would be the responsibility of the clinic. Clients should be required to stay at the clinic for a period of time until their ability to drive has been determined.

          • Anonymous

            The clinics should be held responsible for these accidents…it would make them monitor their “clients”

          • Anonymous

            I can’t speak for anyone else, but i know when i was on methadone i could not get high on it all it did was make me not sick. but if i chose to get high there were other drugs that we could get . please don’t blame the clinic blame the person.

          • Anonymous

            Finally someone who gets it. The clinics do the best they can but you can only do so much and at some point it becomes a matter of personal responsibility. I have taken methadone (legally) for over three years and not once have I felt drowsy or sedated. Some people who are taking methadone also take other illicit drugs in combination with the methadone, which is what makes you very sedated and sleepy. When taken at a proper dose, methadone does not make you excessively tired or sedated, it only does so when given at too high of a dose or when taken with other drugs such as benzodiazapenes i.e.-valium, ativan, zanax, etc.

            It would be wonderful if people became educated about the facts concerning methadone, instead of spewing out misinformation that they have heard third hand from someone who is completely uninformed. Knowledge is power, misinformation is the root of most problems in our society.

          • Anonymous

            Make your moma proud..?..its crapola

          • Anonymous

            I could not have said it better my self. I would like to say this a clinician or doctor only knows what the patient is telling them so we need to figure out when a patient is getting to much methadone.

          • 02b9c

            once they dose they are not allowed to stay on the property unless thery have goup or docs appointment.

          • Anonymous

            The methadone is supposed to be a therapeutic dose. If the methadone makes the client too drowsy (too high a dose does that just like the heroin), the client can lower the dose. A therapeutic dose shouldn’t affect the persons driving or functioning in their life. Yes I work at a methadone clinic. Not a clinician just some administrative. Don’t approve of the use of methadone but can understand the need of it while working out why the person took the drugs in the first place.

      • Anonymous

        Everything you’ve posted is illegal. Driving after your dose of methadone is legal. They will drop the oui charge when she goes to court for driving after suspention.

      • Anonymous

        Yours is a failed argument….the government doesn’t pay anyone’s bar tab, grow up junky!

        • Actually alcohol costs the government (i.e. the taxpayer) much more than any other drug. According to the CDC it cost John Q. Taxpayer $223.5 billion in 2006. These costs are associated with productivity losses, medical care, police enforcement, vehicle crashes, etc. While in states that have methadone, for every dollars John Q. Taxpeyer spends on methadone, $4-$7 are saved in productivity losses, medical care, police enforcement, etc. So like them or not, they save money. In a perfect world there would be a one dose pill addicts could take and be cured of the disease of addiction (yes it is a disease, just like choosing to eat bad foods causes diseases of the heart, diabetes, and so on), but we don’t live in a perfect world. This is what we have at the moment.

          • Anonymous

            Gosh, From the sounds of it, if we put everyone on methadone we could save a fortune!!

            You must have a job in, as another poster said, the “addiction treatment community”.

          • Methadone isn’t a treatment, it is a replacement. It’s main function is to keep crime down so people like you aren’t getting robbed by addicts so they can score a fix. In that regard it is doing it’s job. Many people see addiction as a moral failing rather than the disease it is, so they do anything to disparage any attempts to help an addict. Methadone helps the entire community, but it is not a pathway to recovery, and of course recovery is something everyone would prefer. However, recovery is up to the addict and no one else.

      • Anonymous

        you are correct people only judge what they dont no or what they think they no people are very ignorant these days

      • Anonymous

        I think the current drunk driver laws are evidence of society’s outrage over drinking and driving…we must now continue to speak up so drug addicts cannot use and drive. currently, people on MMT are absolutely allowed to dose and drive. if you try and alter their behavior in any way they scream discrimination! (as they had themselves declared disabled). digusting.

  • PaulNotBunyan

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fact sheet on methadone has a section on driving effects. Several states prohibit driving with any detectable amount of methadone in your system. Google “methadone driving laws” to find out more.

    http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/job185drugs/methadone.htm

    • jerrymyx

      The Police could sit outside the Meth clinic and write enough tickets in one month, they would not have to write any more for 11 months.. there quota would be in the bag!!! Operating a vehicle after getting their meth drug is dead wrong!!!

    • County Escapee

      Plus her license was suspended so she was illegal before she even got to the clinic.

  • Anonymous

    welcome to bangor

  • jerrymyx

    The woman “was hysterical” after the crash (quote).

    just a thought..maybe scared enough so that she will GET OFF drugs on her own! It can be done!!

  • Matthew Desmond

    So NOW can we get rid of the methadone clinics? Clearly this is a HAZARD to PUBLIC SAFETY.

    • Anonymous

      Unlikely… too much money wrapped up in it. Hospitals Doctors Clinics social service agencies real estate owners city officers and probably a whole lot more are dependent on the revenue these junkies provide. (mostly your tax dollars but still)

      You as a citizen are paying for it.

    • Drunk drivers scare me more than those on methadone.

  • Guest

    -hhh

    • Anonymous

      An addict will do whatever it takes to get their fix, even vote……..

      • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      Umm? Methadone clinic…injected…what part of that does not mean she’s an addict?

      • Guest

        oi

      • Anonymous

        The methadone dose is liquid not injected. They come to the window get their dose and drink it in front of the nurse. They can’t even leave the clinic with it in their hands.

  • Lot of mid-30 somethings in the news lately for doing really stupid things. You’d think by now they’d have grown up some. :

  • Anonymous

    who is to say this lady doesn’t have cancer and is going there for pain management who are we to judge do you think it would of been in the paper if she had a prescription for pain meds no i doubt it but it is society thats says if you go to the methadone clinic you are no good there are alot of things in this world that society says isn’t right but who are we to judge are we any better of a person if we do i dont think so thats why some people are the way they are its because of people that are to quick to judge others even if we don’t no the hole truth but thats life i’m not saying driving under the influence is okay but if it wasn’t methadone or told to us we wouldn’t even no but they do that to give the methadone patients bad names.

    • Anonymous

      Point is, she shouldn’t have been driving after taking drugs… Cancer or no Cancer

    • Anonymous

      If methadone is prescribed for pain, it’s picked up at a pharmacy, and taken at home just like any other medication.

      Methadone clinics are for observed therapy for the treatment of opioid dependence. (Some of these patients can earn take-home meds, but those are dispensed at the OTP clinic, not from a retail pharmacy.)

    • Anonymous

      im not saying that she didn’t do anything wrong but if she was on medication for pain it wouldn’t be front page news it might still be there but not like it is thats all and there are good people that go there just because a person made a bad choice don’t mean they are no good.

  • Anonymous

    Why are the meth clinics still open? It just encourages these people to keep doing drugs.

    • Anonymous

      it actually helps people who are addicted to drugs to begin to straighten out their lives.

      • Anonymous

        What % of these people actually get off drugs?

        • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            Do you have access to the recidivism rate data? My understanding it is in excess of 90%. How far off is that number?

          • Guest

            I’m sure you can find the numbers if you want them.
            People get themselves in trouble by not sticking to the plan and using other substances during their treatment. That is where the problem lies for most who aren’t progressing.

      • Anonymous

        It actually brings druggies to Bangor for a free fix. The minute they opened the first clinic, the migration started to our fair city……

      • Anonymous

        It may help them to “begin to straighten out their lives” When does the end result of the treatment begin to show?

  • Anonymous

    they are handed these drugs, sent off to drive home…we pay them to drive there, give them free drugs, some for years, and then pay them mileage to drive home. What a system!
    How about getting them off the damn drugs instead of keeping them on indefinately…oh yes, because the meth clinics are raking in the cash from our government, that’s why! I say a week or two on methadone and you are out! Geeesh….why, oh why, do I, we, have to pay the way for drug addicts to stay addicted, only now it’s an addiction to meth?

  • Anonymous

    I would think that if a person like this one leaving a methadone clinic gets into an accident the responsibility should also fall back on the clinic, much like it would on a bar owner.

    • Anonymous

      Good point. I believe this should be looked into.

  • Anonymous

    Poor woman, Someone offered her POT one day, likely when she was a teen, On to the harder drugs she went, to end up in a newspaper forum to be chastised by others who think POT is harmless.

    • Anonymous

      I cant tell if you are serious or making a joke?

    • BJ Kitchin

      Are you aware that, as far as gateway drugs are concerned, tobacco is by far a better indicator that someone will move on to hard drugs then pot. Culturally we cant hear that though.

      • Anonymous

        I smoked tobacco when i was in the third grade,never tried hard drugs
        Maybe people who use POT are weak minded and they can not hack reality.

        • Guest

          Perhaps if you had a toke or two your anxiety level wouldn’t be so high.

  • Anonymous

    Ummmmm, I agree with you 100%! Am I still a fool? LOL

    • Anonymous

      No , not on this isuue.
      Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    No Job, No Hope, No Dreams.

    • jerrymyx

      just Free drugs and living expenses!! on the backs of working people..SAD

  • HowdyNeighbor

    Not only are they allowed to drive after taking their drugs, but the government even pays them mileage to get to and from the clinics – and often pays for their Methodone, too!! IT’S AN OUTRAGE!!! All so the Methodone Clinic owners can get RICH.

  • Anonymous

    Methadone……what a great creation! SO glad we subsides that! The clinic that “helped” this woman should bare the brunt of the cost to replace that poll…not the customers of Bangor hydro….or the tax payer

  • Kevin Ripley

    There should be a police officer stationed near a methadone clinic 24/7, so they can catch people driving under the influence as much as they can. That way, maybe people will think twice about doing it.

  • ROOK

    Nice to see the Meth head making good use of her treatment. There is an elementary school one street over, this could have been an incredible tragedy!

  • David Collins

    to bad she didn’t kill her self. sad we are paying for this crap!

  • BJ Kitchin

    I suspect that the over all quality of the arguments here in the comments section may illustrate more public illness then the methadone click could ever represent.

    She was charged with a crime, because she committed a crime. Whether it stands up in court is yet to be seen.

    How many patients of the methadone clinic take part in the program legally and peacefully? What is the success rate of the clinic at rehabilitation?

    If it bleeds it leads, right? Is there good news?

    It strikes me that the gnashing of teeth here in the troll section should be directed at an individual. We have clear and observable evidence that she deserves it. In stead, it seems we’ve stirred the unthinking to enjoy condemning no one specifically and most everyone generally. >.<

    I am thankful that bistanders were not hurt by her senseless and selfish behavior. 13th street at 9:10 am. Lots of kids walking to several schools at just about that time.

  • Anonymous

    Throw her butt in prison!

  • Anonymous

    First of all its methadone not meth. Crystal meth and methadone are total opposites. Second not every person on methadone is like this woman I was on it for 8 yrs never crashed a car. Never dozed off in a car or anywhere this woman was clearly on other drugs. Which the clinic should have noticed while she was there . Third there are people prescribed methadone or Percocet from private doctors are they supposed to not drive either . Y’all complain methadone clients don’t work and live off the state well how u expect them to work if they can’t drive? I agree the majority are abusing the opportunity to get clean but to those who aren’t do not deserve to lose a driver’s license. Educate yourself.

    • Anonymous

      I am curious enough to ask, Why were you taking methadone for 8 years? Is that a normal timeframe for treatment? I trust that you are now clean, and if I am assuming correctly congratulations.

    • asportsfan

      Many of us are educated and (gasp!) work for a living.

      We don’t get paid by the state to drive to and from a clinic in order to get our daily drug dose.

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        • asportsfan

          Didn’t say that educated people don’t become addicted.

          All I was responding to was the line “educate yourself” and the fact that a lot of people that receive methadone are not working and getting state assistance.

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          • asportsfan

            So the state is going to pay for them to travel to and from methadone clinics; pay for their health insurance; give them money for food, housing, and household goods- all because they are drug addicts?
            Sorry, but I made the choice early on to NOT do drugs and to NOT drink alcohol. I work very hard, yet still struggle to make ends meet. The state does not help me at all, yet I am supposed to feel “bad” for those who made the choice to take drugs and/or drink and think that they CANNOT work? Why can’t they work stocking shelves at a grocery store or any job that doesn’t require a lot of personal interaction?

            They can work, they are choosing not to.

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            They are not sick…they are addicts. They willingly took the drug they became addicted to. An illness is not something that we ask for or want.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes – it’s the bleeding heart liberals fault. I didn’t see – someone go back and check if anyone blamed asinine conservatives for that hunting accident last week.

    • Anonymous

      Liberals don’t like hunters?

      • Anonymous

        I was being facetious.

    • Anonymous

      Cant figure out what you are saying very well.
      I studied your remark several times and I still
      cant come up with a coherent connection to the episode.
      Not even tangentially.
      And I did try.
      good luck, thanks for trying.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, didn’t know I had to spell it out for you. Blaming liberals for this woman’s accident because they’re the ones responsible for the methadone clinics is as idiotic as blaming conservatives for the hunting accident because they’re the ones responsible for putting guns in the hands of the hunters.

  • Anonymous

    She does not appear to be pleased with herself in the photo, and without help she will probably beat herself up pretty good over this whole affair. I am glad it was only a telephone pole that she hit. It can and will be replaced. Society tries to help those with addictions, which is a really good thing that they attempt and do for those who desire to escape addiction. I do not believe any child starts out saying that one day they want to be addicted to drugs so I can get free stuff. It would appear the program needs a revamp to assure that the patient is not driving after treatment.

  • Anonymous

    Simple solution, no driver no fix…..end of problem.

  • 02b9c

    I saw a guy get his methadone at the clinic at acadia and then get into the drivers seat of a big sears delivery truck in the parking lot and go to work. and no i wasnt there to get a dose.

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure that he was not there making a delivery for Sears?

      • 02b9c

        not when you see him with a locked take home box in his hands.

  • 02b9c

    It would scare you to death to know how many drive after getting dosed… and how many take babies and young kids into the clinics and stand in line with them…makes me sick to my stomache.

  • 02b9c

    acadia hospital does not want the bangor pd on the premises unless called.

  • Anonymous

    When famous junkies like Clapton, Lennon and Keith Richards talk about how they quit heroin, there is one refrain. It was called cold turkey, not methadone, but they wanted to quit….

  • Anonymous

    “Shirley M. Arrick, 35, of Bangor was driving her boyfriend’s burgundy 2008 Suzuki car at about 9:10 a.m. and hit the pole so hard it was snapped in two”. my first thought is why she wasn’t at work at 9:10am?

  • Anonymous

    Seriously………..hope she nails a driving under the influence charge……loser…..imagine if she hit a person walking, that hard……..

  • Anonymous

    And these people are driving pass our schools every day?

  • Anonymous

    So, why aren’t police waiting to arrest people on methadone near the clinics for driving. The majority of these folks have transportation available through Lynxx, etc. because they are on social services. It should be considered serious – like leaving the bar under the influence. And, our tax dollars pay for this. Oh, and don’t forget, she will get a court appointed attorney, and her medical may be covered by MaineCare or Medicare, and the DA will need to prosecute, etc. All taxpayer burdens. The Methadone clinics need to be PHASED OUT!

    • It is obvious that you know nothing about methadone other then what you hear in the papers..because if u were educated on it you would know that she had to of been taking other drugs with it..no all people on it are like this!! I work 40 hr a week pay 12000 $ a year for health insurance. Pay my taxes every year and take care of my family…I have never crashed a car on it and all the people I work with didn’t even know I was on it!!! So it is sad that people like this lady ruin it for the ones that do it right!!

  • quit yer whining

    Day after day these methadone users are falling asleep driving while the clinics just keep upping their dosages Its time to make the clinics accountable for their actions just like a place that serves booze

  • Anonymous

    That’s the problem, Methadone is still a drug… You replace drugs with drugs. It’s bound to affect a person.

  • Guest

    These comments are filled with self righteous attitudes.
    pathetic…

  • Anonymous

    The new Democratic congress in Maine will announce LD1 to give the rights to one of it’s upstanding young voters.The rights to sue Bangor hydro for endangering a voter by positioning a utility pole in a dangerous place.The state will also pickup the tab for a new vehicle,cell phone for texting and an increase in methadone dosage and EBT.This should help the victim with the hardship of Bangor hydro’s negligence.

  • wasmenowfla

    And then released!!! Why would you release someone who had done all this damage,put peoples life in danger and was driving after suspension.?Just askin’

  • Its funny that none of you know nothing about methadone because you you can guarantee that this women was on other drugs along with the methadone..because when taking it right people can live a normal life like the rest of us!!! Before you start bashing it maybe you should get a little education on it and not go on what you hear in the papers!!

    • Anonymous

      exactly right i wish people would get educated on it so they could stop putting people down they think all people going to the methadone clinics are bad people some are but most are real people with a problem society don’t hate or think alcoholics are bad people so whats different

  • Anonymous

    She might consider applying for a job at the prison because sooner or later, she and / or her boyfriend will land there. Just a matter of time.

  • Bertha Gruntz

    Does Bangor have a drug problem?

  • Anonymous

    Maine vacation land take a free trip on us.

  • Anonymous

    Methadone clinics and drug dealers are quite similar. Both will give you what you need to get your fix and both don’t care if you drive off after having taken your dose. The difference is that the taxpayers are FORCED to pay for the methadone clinics. It’s time to shut these places down.

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