Portland's Overdose Prevention Project
Overdose Prevention Project
September 2009

RM 2009 celebrateSeptember is National Recovery Month! Learn about the Recovery Month Celebrations taking place in Maine from Bangor to Portland by becoming a fan of Recovery In Maine on Facebook or visit the RecoveryMonth.gov website.

Want to know more about the Maine Recovering Communities Coalition?  Visit the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery's website or contact Deb Dettor at (207) 458-4366.

2008 RWRF OPP tableAnnual Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair
The Overdose Prevention Project & Preble Street Resource Center again collaborate to celebrate recovery

On September 23, 2009 Portland's Overdose Prevention Project will again host over 20 area service providers at Preble Street Resource Center's Wayside Soup Kitchen (view our flyer HERE).

Each year this event offers participants the opportunity to interact with providers they may not typically interact with.  It also allows providers some great networking time with each other.

Check out a quick slideshow from last year's event HERE.

Sharing the message of recovery is a wonderful thing and we are thrilled to be able to do it year after year.

If you'd like more information about our fair, please contact Amanda at (207) 756-8053 or search for our Recovery Maine Fan Page on Facebook!

Learn About Maine's PMPA Program Update from Ronni Katz
City of Portland Public Health Division (HHSD) Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator

On Tuesday, August 18th, I attended a special briefing about the National Drug Intelligence Center's Sentry Program at the U.S. Attorney's office in Portland.  It was great to learn about this very exciting and innovative new way to track synthetic and botanical drug trends throughout the country.  We have worked closely with the NDIC since the inception of the Overdose Prevention Project in 2003 and always utilize their resources within our programs.  As a result of our connection with the NDIC, I was asked to attend a meeting of The New Hampshire Caucus on Alcohol and Drug Problems to present information about the OPP.

On August 26th, I drove to Concord, NH and participated in a highly informative and stimulating meeting with the A & D Caucus.  They are trying to gain approval for the implementation of a Prescription Monitoring Program, similar to the one that we have in Maine, and have met resistance along the way.  Dr. Sedden Savage, from Dartmouth University and Hitchcock Hospital, presented information about the need for a PMP and we both answered questions from the members of the committee.  New Hampshire and Maine have similar fatal overdose death statistics, so the exchange of information was extremely relevant. 

It was a great experience for me and it expanded our partnerships across the state line.  I have been asked to return at a later date and hope to be able to work with them in the future. -RK

Visit NDIC National Drug Intelligence Center: SENTRY
The NDIC SENTRY is an Internet-based system designed to collect and disseminate synthetic drug-related data in order to identify new trends at an early stage, evaluate their likely importance, and track their development.

SENTRY focuses on synthetic drugs that are primarily produced via a chemical process, such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy), and methamphetamine. To be truly effective as an early warning system, however, the system also monitors prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, botanical substances and extracts, and chemicals and products involved in the manufacturing of synthetic drugs.

When a trend is detected, a DrugAlert Warning report is issued. A DrugAlert Warning report combines the qualitative/anecdotal data collected in the DrugAlert Watch phase with quantitative/statistical data collected by NDIC analysts and our partners.

SENTRY is operated by NDIC in coordination with ONDCP and supports the National Synthetic Drugs Action Plan.

Handheld NewsNews, Publications &
Research Links

National news and research regarding addiction, treatment, recovery, and overdose prevention.

Up To 90 Percent Of US Paper Money Contains Traces Of Cocaine, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (8/17/2009)
Killer in the medicine cabinet
Staten Island Live (John Annese 8/16/09)
Pharm parties: kids know about them
Winona Post (8/16/09)
Calling Mr. Yuk
The Baltimore Sun: Picture of Health (8/17/09)

Writing About Pill Addiction Is The Latest Addiction
The Frisky, Kate Torgovnick (8/15/09)
Lisa Carver: My Life in Xanax
Salon (8/10/09)
Binge Drinking a Problem for Older Adults Too
Reuters Health (8/17/09)
3 Things to Take Away from the Tragedies of Schuler, Jackson and Mays
Crossroads for Women (8/14/09)
Do Racial and Ethnic Minority Drinkers Have More Alcohol Consequences than White Drinkers
Join Together (July/August 2009)
Poison Center Calls for Teen Use of ADHD Drugs Soar
Join Together (8/2609)
Online Counseling Can Work as Well as In-Person Therapy
Join Together (9/409)

A New Service for Health Care Providers Who Prescribe Methadone to Treat Chronic Pain or Opioid Addiction
Medical News Today (8/18/09)
A Randomized Clinical Trial of Methadone Maintenance for Prisoners: Results at 12 months Postrelease (ABSTRACT)
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (Volume 37, Issue 3, October 2009, Pages 277-285)
Assessing a Drop Box Programme: A Spatial Analysis of Discarded Needles (ABSTRACT)
International Journal of Drug Policy (Volume 20, Issue 5, Pages 381-454, September 2009)
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2009)
Illicit Drug Use Increases Among Adults Ages 50-59; Trend Driven by Aging Baby Boom Generation
CESAR Fax (9/9/09)
US Prison System Falls Short in Treating Drug Addiction, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (9/10/09)

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Next Meeting

Our next Overdose Prevention Project Meeting will be held in conjunction with the members of the Portland Women's Task Force on October 21 from
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
at MMC's East Tower ground floor Conference Room.

Please RSVP Ronni
(207) 756-8116.

Treatment & Recovery Resources
Resources for anyone seeking information about the pathways to recovery


Treatment Locator

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment
Patient/Physician Matching System

Maine Office of Substance Abuse Info & Resource Center
1-800-499-0027 (In-State Only) or 207-287-8900

Faces & Voices of Recovery

NA Maine
HelpLine 1-800-974-0062

AA Maine
24-Hotline 1-800-737-6237 or 207-774-4335

Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
(207) 458-4366

Crossroads for Women
(207) 773-9931
Merrimack River Medical Services
(207) 221-2292

PROP/The Women's Project
(Portland) 1-800-611-1588 or (Statewide) 1-800-611-1779

CAP Quality Care
(207) 856-7227

Mercy Recovery Center
(207) 857-8282

Discovery House
(207) 774-7111

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

Portland Public Health  Click Here for OSA's Website

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