Articles by Adanya Lustig

 
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A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
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Daylight hits the Aroostook River in Oxbow Plantation, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Maine towns with the greatest percentage of empty homes

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.
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Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
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While Maine's infant mortality rate climbed, the group tasked with understanding why did not meet or review deaths.

Infant deaths are rising, and the group charged with understanding why hasn’t met for 2 years

By Adanya Lustig on Dec. 13, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
The state panel tasked with investigating Maine’s infant deaths has not sought detailed information about specific deaths for several months and appears to have ceased work altogether.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
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Most people with a substance use disorder started using drugs before age 18 and developed their addiction by age 20, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

25 best comments from BDN readers on how Maine can prevent addiction

By Adanya Lustig on Oct. 05, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
Many included the simple command: Make kids feel they matter.
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The end of the state’s 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships comes as the Maine Department of Health and Human Services changes the way it handles substance use, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, but with little public explanation of the changes it’s making.

Maine dissolves 27 local public health groups with little explanation

By Adanya Lustig, Matthew Stone and Rosie Hughes on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The LePage administration is undoing a structure created after years of statewide discussion and planning.
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

These are some of the best ways to prevent drug use

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Does your local school know about them?
Ally Beeman, 13, reacts to her "big" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Tabitha Fillion, while waiting for sunset at the harbor in Rockland on a brisk evening in mid-September.

‘An urge to help’: How a caring adult changes the course of a child’s life

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Maine, however, is neither funding its mentoring programs nor advising them.
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
High school students and school staff interact during the event One Life Project - Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20.

Maine teens shared these raw, powerful ideas to prevent addiction

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“Our generation is dealing with these issues firsthand, so we should have a say in the decisions that will be made.”
Lockers are pictured at a school in midcoast Maine. Schools want to curb addiction but struggle with how to reach young people.

‘Equivalent to doing zero’: Maine schools struggle to prevent youth drug addiction

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
In a statewide survey by the BDN, Maine principals said they want to help students avoid drugs, but many admit to failure.
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
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When Maine wasn’t looking, more babies began to die

By Adanya Lustig and Erin Rhoda on Aug. 17, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
This state is the only one to see a higher infant mortality rate in this decade than the last. A panel charged with tracking the deaths is unable to do its work.