The Bangor Daily News next week is hosting a public event designed to brainstorm concrete solutions to Maine’s opioid epidemic, as well as ways to accomplish them.
The One Life Project will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Attendees will work together in small groups in the center’s ballroom to answer a set of questions. U.S. Sen. Angus King, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Maine Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor will both speak and work at the tables with the public.
You can see the questions people will answer in more detail by clicking on each hyperlink:
People have started offering answers through the links above and will be able to do so until the day after the event.
The purpose of the One Life Project is not just to create ideas but to encourage people to act. At the end of the event, the speakers and attendees will be invited to share with one another the concrete things they can each do after they leave.
Afterward, the BDN will compile all the ideas generated and report them back to the public and attendees. The Community Health Leadership Board, a partnership of hospitals, health-care providers and the city of Bangor, will review and potentially pursue some of them.
The name of the event comes from a quote by Garrett Brown, a young man from Augusta who let the BDN chronicle his life for two-and-a-half years before he died of a heroin overdose late last year. A record number of people, 272, died in Maine in 2015 after overdosing on drugs. Brown described his decision to make his struggle public this way:
“If this changes one kid’s life, saves one kid from being in jail, saves his family the pain of seeing him go through it, saves one kid from overdosing and dying, then all that I’ve done hasn’t been in vain.”
The event is free, but registration is required here: www.onelifeproject.eventbrite.com. There is space for 400 people, and more than 325 have signed up so far.