Stories about Addiction

Barbara Howard holds a picture of her daughter, Leslie Cooper, who died of a drug overdose in 2009.

Studies downplayed risks of OxyContin and other opioids

By Peter Whoriskey, The Washington Post on Dec. 31, 2012, at 9:07 a.m.

Kick the habit: If caffeine owns you, it might be time to reassert yourself

By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:01 p.m.
Seven-year-old David Howlett of Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation looks up to introduce himself to Levi Horn, who signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bears NFL football team before the lockout idled the players. Horn, who is 24, 6 feet 7 inches tall and 315 pounds, is of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and hails from Spokane, Washington. He was at Indian Township to inspire the Passamaquoddy children, part of a new strategy by Chief Joseph Socabasin to counteract alcohol and drug use and the tribe's 60 percent unemployment rate. "I'm a football player too," Howlett told Horn.

Chicago Bears player shares stories with Passamaquoddy children

By Sharon Kiley Mack on June 24, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.
Jane and Fred Newcomb of Owls Head will lead a new meeting in Bangor of the Nar-Anon program for families and friends of drug addicts.

New addiction support group starting in Bangor

By Meg Haskell on May 02, 2011, at 3:29 p.m.
Discovery House located at 74 Dowd Road in Bangor.

Discovery House serves expanding need almost invisibly

By Eric Russell on Feb. 12, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.

Maine pharmacies under seige

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 07, 2011, at 3:05 p.m.
Bob Genest, director of the pharmacy at Lincoln's Penobscot Valley Hospital.

PVH upgrades drug-tracking system

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 12, 2010, at 10:29 p.m.

Brewer drafts medical marijuana zoning rules

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 05, 2010, at 12:02 a.m.


Amanda Chamberlain (background) sorts through medicines Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, as part of the Safe Medicine Disposal for ME program, which provides Maine residents with a safe disposal option for unused and unwanted medicine. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

Husson students, faculty catalog discarded drugs

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 14, 2010, at 11:28 p.m.
Nationwide, about half of all prescription drugs purchased go to waste when patients die, have an allergic reaction or simply decide they don’t want to take the medication their …

‘I’m with Fatty’ is introspective, quick-to-read

By Terry Schlichenmeyer on Sept. 05, 2010, at 6:54 p.m.
The other day, you noticed that it’s time for new-clothes shopping. It’s not that your wardrobe is outdated.

Acadia cuts free methadone to uninsured clients

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 02, 2010, at 10:41 p.m.
The Acadia Hospital no longer will provide free methadone treatment to uninsured, opiate-addicted patients, with hospital officials saying the high cost of the program is placing …
A marijuana plant grows in one of  two small growing rooms in Jim Fowler's home in Pittsfield. In March of this year, Fowler was busted by the DEA for growing marijuana plants, most of which were confiscated. Fowler who grows marijuana to alleviate symptoms of his degenerative disc disease, said he was unjustly busted, because he has permission to grown his own medical marijuana and is growing for several others. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

State picks 3 groups to grow, sell medical pot

By Meg Haskell on July 09, 2010, at 10:34 a.m.
Maine’s unfolding medical marijuana program took a big step toward full implementation on Friday with the state selecting three nonprofit corporations to grow and sell marijuana for …
Dr. Vincent Felitti (chief of preventive medicine at Kaiser Permanente managed care organization in San Diego)

Washington County to address health woes

By Meg Haskell on June 24, 2010, at 10:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Obesity, depression, drug addiction, heart disease: A noted researcher says many common medical problems in adults are rooted in traumatic experiences during childhood. Physician …

Depressed doctors reluctant to seek help

By Meg Haskell on June 01, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.
The death by suicide last fall of Bangor orthopedic surgeon Dr. John West reflects a disturbing trend: Physicians may be less likely than other groups to seek and receive the help they need to combat …

Bangor’s Acadia Recovery Community to mark 10 years of fostering sobriety

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 25, 2008, at 9:24 p.m.
Ron Robinson was sober for almost two years before he relapsed, disappearing into the obliterating mists of his lifelong drinking habit and the antisocial behavior it fueled.

Conference focuses on recovery success

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 04, 2008, at 10:50 p.m.
BANGOR — While the public is well acquainted with the stereotypes of addiction — broken homes, devastated families, unemployment, public drunkenness, domestic violence and other crimes — the face of addiction recovery is largely invisible.

Bangor session to stress addiction issues

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 31, 2008, at 11:35 p.m.
Area residents in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, as well as their families and the professionals who support them, are invited to attend a summit on …

Ellsworth dentist agrees to restrictions

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 28, 2008, at 10:35 p.m.
Ellsworth dentist Peter F. Meyer has entered into a consent agreement with the Maine Board of Dental Examiners that reinstates his license to practice but imposes stringent conditions on his professional activities.