Portland's Overdose Prevention Project
Overdose Prevention Project
May 2009

APEx Advocacy Partnership Exchange
Our next APEx Workshop is scheduled for June 18, 2009 from 9:00a-10:00a at Preble Street Resource Center.

Q & A: Making the Call, Taking the Call - Portland First Responders & Dispatchers Talk 911

We will feature representatives from Portland's Fire Dept/Rescue to discuss the first responder perspective when dealing with an overdose situation. Dispatchers will present folks with "what to expect" when making a 911 phone call in an OD situation. 

Thank you to Preble Street Resource Center and the Portland Fire Department's John Kooistra for making this workshop possible.

FMI Contact Amanda (207) 756-8053.

MAAR Logo Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
Program updates and training opportunities from MARR's coordinator, Deb Dettor

MAAR was the lead applicant that partnered with Portland Public Health Division, NEIAS and Bangor Health & Community Services to submit a SAMHSA grant for an April 28 deadline.  This project will initiate ongoing Recovery Leadership Trainings for women and men and also develop other community-based peer recovery support models.  With or without this award, these partners will continue to collaborate to support development of peer recovery support projects in our state that will facilitate creation of a Recovery Oriented System of Care.

Deb has been meeting with providers and community groups to present about Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), a model that is emerging across our country.  This model places recovering people at its center, while reconfiguring service delivery to support AOD problems as a chronic condition requiring long-term support. ROSC also refers to a larger recovery support continuum than currently exists in Maine but that includes peer recovery support and strengthening natural community supports at its center. 

To talk with Deb about these educational efforts in Maine, contact her at ddettor@masap.org or (207) 458-4366.

Acts for Change: The Preble Street Benefit Concert
A concert encompassing more than 20 of Portland's top music and comedy acts will benefit the Preble Street Resource Center

"The benefit concert will be held on Sunday, May 17, at The Asylum on Center Street.  The concert will be held from approximately noon-midnight, with doors opening at 11 AM.  Tickets are only $15, and available at all Bull Moose locations.

The all-volunteer concert is a response to reports that 21 homeless people died on the streets of Portland in 2008, as well as record demands on Preble Street's services. For example, Preble Street
now serves some 9,000 people each month for breakfast alone.

The musical list includes such highly-regarded local bands and musicians as Spencer Albee (As Fast As, Rustic Overtones, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia) Tony McNaboe (Rustic Overtones), This Way, Sly Chi, Eric Bettencourt, Adam Kurtz, Royal Hammer, Grupo Esperanza, and Jacob Augustine among many others. Comedy talents include headliner George Hamm, Brian Brinegar, Seth Bond Perry to name a few."

For updated information, please visit www.preblestreetconcert.com

Or, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/actsforchange

FMI email preblestreetconcert@gmail.com

Handheld News News, Publications &
Research Links

National news and research regarding addiction and overdose prevention.

Homeless alcoholics can't just quit: Managing alcohol addiction, including free drinks, has worked wonders -- and shows why we must treat addictions equally                                 
(Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen 3/20/09)

Snorting Drugs can Expose You to Hepatitis C                              (Addiction Inbox Blog, 4/14/09)

The Perils of Polydrug Abuse: Methadone and Benzodiazepines
(Addiction Inbox Blog, 4/9/09)

Economy down, Addictions up: Do people drink more during a recession?                                                                                         (Addiction Inbox Blog, 3/21/09)

Recovery Center: Opiates cheaper, easier to get than ever                                                                                              (Morgan Day, The Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster, PA, 4/5/09)

Brockton opioid overdose prevention coalition takes steps to save lives                                                                                              (Maureen Boyle, Wicked Local, 3/19/09)

Syringe Exchange and the Police: An Alliance In Waiting
(Allan Clear, Huffington Post, 3/4/09)

Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse
(Join Together, 4/17/09)

Pill Sales Rise as Financial Anxiety Chases the Sandman Away
(NY Times, 4/24/09)

Online: Videos Highlighting Addiction & Treatment Around the World

Links for interesting videos about addiction, its toll and what some people are doing about it.

Originally aired March 13, 2009 on CBC-TV

Wired In (UK): David Clark's Videos
"Life as a heroin addict," "Methadone waiting lists," "Recovery - Important Components"


Freedom From Addiction: The Park View Project
The Park View project is the only residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Liverpool. This film is an introduction to Park View, it's raison d'etre and it's methods of treatment. The film was made by somebody in recovery who is now a filmmaker at Genie In the Gutter - Park View's sister company.

The Second Road: Guest Bloggers Share Their Stories for Alcohol Awareness Month
Click the link to read the stories and watch the videos about addiction and recovery from guest posters Tom, Kristin, Cat, William C. Moyers and MORE.

The Second Road: Recovery Videos

Click on any of the 'tickets' to view a clip.
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Maine Alcohol & Drug Advocacy Leadership Training Institutes

If you feel strongly about the problems of substance abuse in Maine and the possibilities for change...join us for one of our 2009 day-long advocacy training retreats.
This initiative is based on the successful New Hampshire model of leadership and policy development through the New Futures' Community Leadership Initiative. This year, Maine was recognized by Join Together as one of three states that were awarded a small technical assistance grant to begin to develop this type of training initiative.
The intent of these training retreats is to develop a network of new advocates for improved alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment and recovery services in Maine.  
A distinguished faculty of state and legislative officials, executives and experts will serve as trainers and the institutes will provide the latest information, strategies and skills so that participants feel comfortable and confident when advocating for funding or policies.

State of Maine Room

BANGOR: June 19
United Tech Center

This project is a joint venture of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs, the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse.

 FMI Call (207) 621-8118
Next Meeting

Our next Overdose Prevention Project Meeting will be held on May 6, 2009 from
2:00 pm  - 3:30 pm 
at City Hall.

We will have a special presentation about Safe Medicine Disposal as we work on a plan for a Medicine Recycling Day for Greater Portland. 

Please RSVP Ronni (207) 756-8116

Portland's Overdose Prevention Project
City of Portland | Health & Human Services Department | Public Health Division
389 Congress Street | Portland | Maine | 04101
(207) 756-8116 | www.substanceabuse.portlandmaine.gov

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Portland's Overdose Prevention Project is supported by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and the City of Portland  Public Health Division, Health & Human.