The Portland Women's Task Force & Portland Overdose Prevention Project

Overdose Prevention Project
October 2010

2010 Recovery Month Wrap-Up
A listing of National Recovery Month events that took place this September in Maine
Visit MAAR's SiteMaine Alliance of Addiction Recovery's Deb Dettor recaps a few of Maine's events
MAAR and its allies hosted three Recovery events in three days: Bangor Area Conference on Addiction Recovery (9/9),  From Unbecoming a Nurse to Overcoming Addiction (9/10) with author Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, and the Uniting Maine Recovery Communities Celebration Retreat (9/11).  I am delighted to announce these 3 events drew @ 300 participants, which is a tremendous accomplishment for us in our state! We thank the many dedicated volunteers and attendees who celebrated the healing power of Recovery together at these events.

A & E hosted their 3rd national Recovery Rally this year on the streets of Philadelphia. We have learned that Lynn Avigo from Portland represented Maine as Delegate for this exciting event. Last year's rally drew an estimated 10,000 walkers!

During October 3 - 11, a benefit hike-athon was held for Acadia Family Center in Acadia National Park called "Hike for Mike".  This event also promoted the reality of Recovery while getting participants out on the trails in Acadia during the beautiful Autumn weather!

We are proud to witness the growing number of Recovery Month events in our state that promote recovery from alcohol & drug addiction and we thank you all for your support of people in recovery.  Visit for a full recap of National & ongoing events. For more information about recovery in Maine year-round, contact Deb Dettor at (207) 458-4366.

Recovery Walk held in Portland on 9/11
Staff from Catholic Charities Maine, Crossroads for Women, Serenity House, Day One and Milestone Foundation came together to make the event a reality, and it was a big success. The community event raised $3,000. They hope to see you again next year!  FMI about the event, click HERE

Portland Celebrates Recovery with the 6th Annual Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair on September 29, 2010
This is what recovery looks like (tshirt)On September 29th, we celebrated recovery with 26 providers and 93 members of Portland's homeless community.  Below is a list of all of the providers that joined us.

Staff and clients from the following agencies were represented: AA Maine, Advocates for Recovery Through Medicine (ARM ME), CAP Quality Care, Catholic Charities Maine, Crossroads for Women, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), Day One, Family Crisis Services, Frannie Peabody Center, Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR), Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Merrimack River Medical Services, Milestone Foundation, Oxford Street Shelter for Men, PROP/Women's Project, Serenity House, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), Shalom House Inc., Skip Murphy's Sober House for Men, Strong Fathers Maine, Top of the Hill Counseling, Youth Alternatives Ingraham (YAI) and YAI's Young Parent Program.

The City of Portland was represented by: Portland Street Dental Clinic, Healthy Portland, HIV/STD Prevention, Healthcare for the Homeless/Behavioral Health Clinic Team, Minority Health Program, Tobacco Prevention Program and the Overdose Prevention Project/Portland Women's Task Force.

Click HERE to see a slideshow of the 2010 fair!

Reverend Peter Panagore talks about Recovery Month during his 9/28 Daily Devotion (First Radio Parish Church of America)
"Many of us, myself included, feel the impact of addiction or alcoholism throughout our lives, in our families, among our friends, with our co-workers and in our schools. This year alone, two friends of mine died from addiction and alcoholism.  They weren't bad people, they were good people with a disease, and with trouble. Addiction and alcoholism aren't the end. They are a beginning place to reclaim your life."  Read on...

Merrimack River Medical Services' Program Director reports on the 9/30 "Recovery Luncheon"
"Merrimack River Medical Services had a recovery event luncheon on 9/30/10 for those patients able to remain abstinent from all illicit substances while in methadone treatment for the last six months. We had 77 patients who met the criteria and were awarded a certificate and a coin. Of the 77 patients about 25 attended the luncheon with their family members. The patients were awarded their certificate by their counselor. Patients and staff were given opportunities to get up and talk. It became very emotional when a patient talked about how this clinic saved his life and the progress he has made while receiving services from us. Other patients talked about how appreciative they were for the staff here and staff talked about the struggles of going to a methadone clinic and how proud we were of them for the work they put into their recovery."  FMI about Merrimack's services, contact Jennifer Minthorn or visit

Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition:
"Making Recovery Visible"

From Faces and Voices of Recovery's (FAVOR) October 7, 2010 e-news:
"Making Recovery Visible was released at the Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition's (BARCC) 3rd Annual Conference on Recovery. Produced and directed by BARCC member Anne Day, the video features Bangor residents telling their recovery stories." Click HERE to view the 9-minute video on YouTube.

Visit the Recovery Month Site
Spotlight on Maine
Statewide and local partner updates as well as other ongoing/upcoming events

2010 Maine Office of Substance Abuse Provider's Day: "Success in Prevention: Today & Tomorrow" November 4, 2010 - Hermon, Maine

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) will be holding its annual provider's day in Hermon, Maine on Novebmer 4th.  Former Attorney General Steven Rowe will provide the keynote address.

Sessions include information on 2005-10 Parent Campaigns, Neurobiology of Substance Abuse, Positive Youth Engagement, "Table Talks" and Evaluating Substance Abuse in Maine.

We are excited to announce that Portland's Overdose Prevention Project coordinator, Ronni Katz, will be co-presenting "Drug Overdose Prevention Projects in Maine: An Overview of Strategies on Outreach to Vulnerable Populations" with Jayne Harper (Kennebec Co. Overdose Task Force) and Tim Shaw (Bangor's Overdose Prevention Project).  Click HERE for the OSA Provider's Day flyer & session descriptions

Women's Addiction Services Council Survey: "What Gets in the Way of Recovery for Women in Maine?"
The Women's Addiction Services Council is a group of individuals and agencies committed to serving Maine women affected by alcohol and other drugs. A mission of this council is to reduce barriers to women's recovery through education, advocacy, and coordination of services. The following survey was developed in order to assess the barriers to recovery for women which will assist the council in their mission to help women in Maine affected by alcohol and other drugs. Your opinion and experiences are very valuable to us and are critical to the work of this council.  To view or share the online survey, click HERE  If you would like paper copies or would like to host a focus group, please contact OSA's Christine Theriault @ (207) 287-6401 or email Christine

Interviewees Sought for "Maine Voices of Recovery Project"
Jayne Harper is seeking to interview people for the Maine Voices of Recovery Project.  Interviewees are people who are successful in long-term treatment with methadone (5 year minimum) or suboxone (2-3 year minimum) and would be willing to have their interview recorded (voice only, no video). Clips from the interviews will then be professionally edited and turning into audio files. Some of these audio clips will be turned into PSA-style radio ads and others will be used for educational purposes (presentations, You Tube, websites) to address the issue of stigma associated with MAT. Any inquiries can be sent to Jayne Harper at (207) 621-3740.

Portland Women's Task Force
Portland Moms in Recovery Support Network: UPDATE
The moms in recovery support network gatherings are still going on but attendance has leveled off a bit.  We continue to work with our partners (thank you Crossroads for Women, The Salvation Army, DHHS & Youth Alternatives Ingraham's Young Parent Program!) to maintain the program but are constantly in need of group ideas/topics/contributions.  If you have any topic suggestions for moms in recovery, please email Amanda as we'd love to continue the dialogue!

Below are some highlights of the past few month's activities:
August: City of Portland's Children's Oral Health Program shared dental health info (and goodies!) with 5 moms and their little ones; play-dough making for moms & kids; potluck luncheon
September: Quilting basics (moms and kids made Halloween totes); movie day (moms viewed "Lost in Woonsocket" with a discussion afterward); healthy meal prep - the moms made a super quick yogurt treat as well as a very hearty (and inexpensive) soup with Kristen Dow of Healthy Portland; focus group with Christine Theriault of OSA
October: Guest speaker talking about her recovery story, trip for moms & kids to the Children's Museum (thank you to YAI's Young Parent Program for the passes!). Coming up: healthy Halloween treats with Kristen and MORE!

If you'd like to get involved with this effort or if you have a mom who'd like to be included in the network, please contact Amanda Edgar
at (207) 756-8053.

View/print the Moms in Recovery Network flyer HERE.
Portland Women's Task Force
News, Publications & Research Links
National news and research regarding education, treatment and recovery for addicted women, their families and the community.

Local Headlines
Drugs Weigh Heavily on Maine's Poorest Area, Washington County
Bangor Daily News, 8/20/10

Addiction in Babies Up In Maine
Bangor Daily News, 9/10/10

Journal Abstracts

The Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health: Turning Gold into Lead
Vincent J. Felitti, MD
~~>If you would like to view the full PDF of this report, email Amanda

Methadone dose and neonatal abstinence syndrome-systematic review and meta-analysis
Addiction, 9/15/10

Description of a Media Campaign About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
J of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs - Volume 71, 2010 > Issue 5: September 2010  

Additional Articles

Discontinuation of Antidepressants: Slower is Better
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Health, 9/13/10

Abuse of drugs while pregnant a growing issue
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune, 9/16/10

New Tool Detects Illicit Substance Use in Pregnancy
MedScape, 9/27/10
~~>View Obstetrics & Gynecology abstract HERE

Early Separation from Mother Leads to Issues
Psych Central News, 9/29/10

Maternal Age Matters in Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
ATTC Network, October 2010

The Alcohol Controversy: Is Drinking Good for You?
Huffington Post, 10/5/10

Study O.K.'s Light Drinking During Pregnancy. Too Good to Be True?
TIME Healthland, 10/6/10
Portland's Overdose Prevention Project:
News, Publications & Research Links

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

Local Headlines
Methadone Clinic Closure Raises Questions (8/26/10)
Midcoast Brushes Off Public Health Problem (9/2/10)
Opiate Addiction Rises: Treatment Requires New Thinking (9/9/10)
Christine Parrish, The Free Press

Groups Join Forces to Support Recovering Addicts (AUDIO)
Josie Huang, MPBN, 10/5/10
Mercy Hospital Gets $1M Grant
WGME News 13, 10/5/10

Treatment with SUBOXONE film: Understanding the benefits
Kristan Hilchey, ARM-ME Blog, 10/9/10

International Overdose Awareness Day Celebrated: August 31, 2010
City of Portland Public Health Division, 10/26/10
~~>Read a summary of the International activity on Twitter from the UK's Injecting Advice (#OD10) HERE

Journal Abstracts
Why don't out-of-treatment individuals enter methadone treatment programs?

Int'l J Drug Policy, 2010 January, 21 (1): 36-42

Benzodiazepine Substitution for Dependent Patients - Going with the Flow
Addiction, 10/6/10

Additional Articles & Resource

Tools for Providers
SPHERE Project, Massachusetts

Overdose Workshop
Injecting Advice, UK

Buprenorphine Film: Step Forward or Marketing Gimmick?

Suboxone Talk Zone: A Suboxone Blog, 9/28/10

'YO Court' Gives Hope to Young Adults with Addictions
Join Together, 10/1/10

Why Are We Underusing A Cure For Drug Overdose? (2006)
(REPRINTED 10/5/10) Steve Chapman The Post Chronicle (NY)

Why do People Share [needles]?
Injecting Advice (UK) Blog, 10/5/10

Implants help heroin addicts kick habit

Science News, 10/12/10

Father's incarceration linked to elevated risks of marijuana, illegal drug use

Addiction Professional, 10/13/10

BREAKING NEWS: First non-maintenance drug to treat opioid dependence wins FDA approval
Addiction Professional, 10/13/10
In This Issue
*Recovery Month Recap*
*Spotlight on Maine*
*Moms Network"
*PWT News Publications*
*OPP News Publications*
*All-Recovery Groups*
*2010 MPHA*
*Got Recovery?*
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All-Recovery Support Meetings have been running since May in both Portland and Augusta but are both in need of your support! 
How you can help:
*Spread the word to your communities and clients that these groups are still running and have been a great source of support for those who have attended. 

*Let folks know that these groups are not 12-step based

*List group dates/times in your local community calendars, e-newsletters, etc.

Maine Recovery Communities Coalition feels these meetings will enable people from every addiction recovery pathway to find community-based recovery support there.

FMI Contact
Deb Dettor (Augusta) or Ronni Katz

HERE for the Augusta Flyer

HERE for the Portland Flyer

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Maine Public Health Association Annual Meeting

October 5, 2010

Amanda submitted an abstract to the MPHA's annual meeting and it was selected to be co-presented during the breakout session entitled "Substance Use as a Public Health Concern in Two Different Subpopulations"
alongside the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine's (CCSME) presentation of "Maine's 5-year federal SAMHSA Co-Occurring State Incentive Grant"
 which focused on improving state and organizational infrastructures to support the implementation of evidenced based integrated treatment for mental health and substance abuse in its behavioral health services.

The session was attended by nearly 50 people.

Amanda's presentation, 
"Public Health in the Correctional Setting: Challenges & Opportunities" is available for viewing 

All presentations from 10/5 are available on the Maine Public Health Association's website,
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Next Meeting
The next Portland Overdose Prevention Project & Portland Women's Task Force meeting is scheduled for
 December 8, 2010 from 2:00-3:30 and will be held at
Portland City Hall

FMI about our meetings, please contact Ronni Katz at (207) 756-8116
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Treatment & Recovery Resources


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
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

Catholic Charities
(207) 775-5671

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Portland's Overdose Prevention Project & Portland Women's Task Force
City of Portland | Health & Human Services Department | Public Health Division
389 Congress Street | Portland | Maine | 04101
(207) 756-8116 |

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 Services Department.