The Portland Overdose Prevention Project & Portland Women's Task Force e-Newsletter
Overdose Prevention Project

September 2011

Recovery Month 2011


Click Here FMI About MAARCommunity Center for People in Recovery  Coming to Portland
Utilizing the ROSC Model

The Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery has been promoting Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) development in Maine. Across the country, ROSCs are focused on creating a larger recovery support network for people in addiction recovery, which includes creation of community-based peer recovery support.
*Learn more about ROSC from SAMHSA HERE

In surrounding New England states, Recovery Centers serve as the anchors for a diverse array of community support programs like Recovery Coaching, Telephone Recovery Support, All Recovery Support Meetings and others.  MAAR has recently received a contract from OSA to open a Recovery Community Center and is currently searching for a site in Portland that will be easily accessed and will have the necessary layout to house these and other services that will be provided by volunteer peer mentors.  Once the doors open, they will be training volunteers who will serve as coaches, mentors and meeting facilitators among oter roles.
MAAR is partnering with Portland Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention Program to assist with Center start up and to strengthen community collaboration as this exciting project is taking off. This new Center will serve as a positive community force, inside its walls and through collaboration and resource sharing with others in communities around it.  MAAR encourages you to get more information about this program and looks forward to working with Portland allies on this first-of-its-kind community project!

FMI Contact Deb Dettor (207) 458-4366 or
More information will be available at: 


Recovering Women's Leadership Training

Learn more about RWLTA FREE Event for Women in Recovery 

Recovering Women's Leadership Training (RWLT) is a 3 day empowerment workshop for women in recovery, led by two trained facilitators, both with lived experience in recovery from alcoholism or other drug addiction.  The entire three-day curriculum was designed BY recovering women FOR recovering women!


Who should attend?

Any woman in recovery who wants to connect with others in her community to learn about self care, self advocacy and leadership.

How to sign up?

Download and complete this registration form ~ send to Nancy at the address on the form.   

FMI Contact Nancy Cormier (MAAR).  Deadline for registration is September 30, 2011. 


RWLT helps end isolation by bringing women in recovery together to share their courage and wisdom. RWLT helps women see their vision for health and wholeness and find their inner strengths.  


Flash Mob FlyerRecovery Month FLASH MOB!

Come celebrate recovery in Monument Square 

In celebration of National Recovery Month (SAMHSA), a group has been organizing a Flash mob to be conducted at Monument Square in Portland Maine on September 23, 2011 at 10:10am


The group will be dancing to Katy Perry's "Firework." The dance moves will soon be available on YouTube to learn ahead of time.

FMI visit the Recovery Flash Mob Portland's Facebook Page or call Karen at 772-7140

Bath Salts Bath Salts
News Reports and Resources for Communities

Bath Salts have been in the news almost daily, both Nationally and locally.  Here are some links to news stories as well as descriptions, side effects and how local authorities are responding.

Maine Office of Substance Abuse:
Bath Salts Fact Sheet
Kennebec Journal (7/7/11):
LePage signs law banning 'bath salts'
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Abuse of synthetic drug spreads in Maine

Bangor Daily News

What are bath salts? Acadia Hospital doctor explains dangerous new trend 

Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Federal Ban on Bath Salts Ingredients Wins Praise in Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Jennifer Rooks reports on Bath Salts

Northern New England Poison Control: 
The webinar is in two parts--one for all audiences that gives a general overview of bath salts and one for health care professionals that provides information on treating bath salts patients.
Bath Salts WEBINAR 
Portland's Overdose Prevention Project:

News, Publications & Research Links

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

Local Headlines 

Parental involvement protects against self-medication behaviors during the high school transition 

Addictive Behaviors, August 16, 2011 


Additional Articles & Resources

Taking action with a child's drug problem
Addiction & Recovery News, 8/3/2011
Abuse-Deterrent Opioids; A Better Mousetrap?
Pain Topics, 8/12/2011
What Does Harm Reduction Mean? A rift in the addiction treatment community over abstinence

Addiction Inbox, 8/15/11

Use of diverted buprenorphine

Addiction & Recovery News, 8/14/11
Second annual National Drug Facts Week begins Oct. 31st
NIDA, 8/22/11
Effort to train professionals about opioid prescribing will cut wide swath
Addiction psychiatry group will launch its second clinical support system
Addiction Professional, 8/24/11
ASAM Redefines Addiction as a Brain Disease
Pain Topics, 8/26/11

The Truth About Suboxone 

Suboxone Talk Zone: A Suboxone Blog, 8/28/11

International Overdose Awareness Day to Remember Lives Lost and to Educate About Solutions to Overdose Crisis  

Accidental Overdose Deaths Have Quadrupled Since 1990 - More than 26,000 Americans Die Every Year; Radio Stations and Supporters Urged to Play Music of Artists who Died of Drug Overdose
Drug Policy Alliance
, 8/31/11
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.

Journal Abstracts

Mortality among Substance-using Mothers in California: A 10-year Prospective Study

Addiction, August 2011  

Demographic and Substance Abuse Trends Among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women: Eleven Years of Treatment Admission Data  

Maternal Child Health Journal, 8/13/2011


Additional Articles  

Young women show surprisingly high 12-Step attendance in Hazelden analysis
Meeting attendance associated with good drinking outcomes
Addiction Professional, 8/10/2011

Moms' smoking tied to psychiatric meds in kids 

Reuters, 8/28/11 

No easy answers to FASD

Peninsula Clarion News (AK), 9/9/11
More Info on National FASD Awareness Day:

Buprenorphine and Pregnancy: Links & Downloads

Addiction Survivors Forum
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Rate Higher Among American Indians
Indian Country Today Media Network, 9/5/11

Recovery Month 2011

Click the link for a listing of recovery month events in your area!


Watch SAMHSA's video,  

"Why REcovery" on

View our videos on YouTube 

In This Issue
*Recovery Center*
*OPP News Publications*
*PWT News Publications*
*Got Recovery?*
2011 Annual Recovery & Wellness
Resource Fair

September 28 is the 2011
Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair
being held at Preble Street's Soup Kitchen.

FMI Contact Nancy Cormier at 874-8965

recovery T-shirt
Click HERE for a photo slideshow from our 2010 event! 
Birch Trees (fall)

Community Vision Award

 Deb Dettor has been selected by the Board of Day One to receive the Community Vision Award
 for her leadership in establishing a community presence and voice about recovery, and for providing community support to reduce youth alcohol and drug related problems.

Learn More at
This award will be presented to Ms. Dettor at the Day One Annual Dinner Celebration on
September 15, 2011.

Congrats, Deb! 

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Next Meeting

FMI about meeting schedules,
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


(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 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 

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.