Stories about drugs

BELFAST, Maine -- Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden, left, and Police Chief Leonard Campanello of Gloucester, Massachusetts, center, share a light moment Saturday morning with a member of the group WeCARE, or Waldo Encourages Community Assisted Recovery Efforts. The Gloucester official came to Belfast to talk about the unusual amnesty program his department has launched that has helped nearly 200 drug addicts get into rehabilitation.

Amnesty for drug addicts? Mass. police chief says new approach could work in Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 19, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
BELFAST | A Massachusetts police chief who is making national headlines — and getting results — for his unconventional approach to the opioid epidemic told an enthusiastic crowd of about 100 people in Belfast on Saturday morning how what has been working in his city could work in Maine, …

Study: Medicare drug plan saves hospital costs

By Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press on July 26, 2011, at 3:58 p.m.
CHICAGO — A new study suggests that Medicare’s 5-year-old prescription drug plan is keeping seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving the federal program an estimated $12 billion a year in those costs. The savings only offset a portion of the $55 billion a year the government spends on …

‘Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music’ contest

By The Washington Post on May 25, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
A songwriting competition for teens, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is accepting entries of original songs and music videos about the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle. The winner gets $500 and a trip backstage at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to watch a rehearsal. “The …
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.
Is your life affected by a loved one’s drug abuse or addiction? Beginning this week, residents of the Bangor area can participate in a free, confidential support group just for the relatives and friends of addicts. Nar-Anon is an established 12-step program that helps members draw loving, …
Chief Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department discards unused prescription medications as part of the National Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Bangor's Cascade Park. Coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the program offers the opportunity to safely disgard of unused or unwanted prescription drugs, which will then be incinerated. Due to the convenient location, Morton received a steady flow of drop-offs throughout the morning. "It's like a McDonald's drive-through," Morton said, "you can just pull in and out."

Mainers expected to turn in tons of unused drugs at 150 sites

By Meg Haskell on April 30, 2011, at 7:27 p.m.
Law enforcement agencies staffed more than 150 drug take-back sites around the state on Saturday, collecting tons — literally — of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. The four-hour event marked National Take-Back Day, an effort coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and aimed at encouraging Americans to dispose of …