Knox County groups invite public to recovery forum

Mar 25, 2019
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Rockland — Knox County law enforcement invites all interested community members to a free informatiol session Thursday, April 11, about the newly formed Knox County Recovery Collaborative. The KCRC session will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Steel House, 639 Main St., Rockland, and will be hosted by Knox County Sherriff Tim Carroll.

Carroll said in a news release, “We’re ready. I’m looking forward to working with this dedicated group of community and health partners here in Knox County. Together, with community support, we can help fight the problems of mental health and substance use disorders that are plaguing our society.“

Through the KCRC, the Knox County Sheriff’s office, Rockland, Rockport, Thomaston and Camden police departments will work with local community resource partners to address the harmful use and effects of heroin, fentanyl, opioids and other illicit substances in Knox County.

The presentation will include an overview of KCRC, information on how community members can support the effort and an outline of next steps. Refreshments will be served.

Founding partners of the KCRC include Carroll; State Rep. Pinny"Beebe-Center, D-Rockland; Bruce Hodsdon, executive director for the Coastal Recovery Community Center; Melissa Bellew, chief executive officer for Penobscot Bay YMCA; Connie Putnam, director for the Knox County Community Health Coalition; Kendra Emery, DO, PBMC Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment medical director; Mike Rich, PT, senior director of operations at Pen Bay Medical Center; Stephanie Primm, executive director of the Knox County Homeless Coalition; and Debra Poulin, LCSW, CCS, senior director of Substance Use Treatment and Prevention at Maine Behavioral Healthcare.

For more information about the event, contact Sheriff Carroll at 594-0429, extension 701.

Comments (4)
Posted by: mark zable | Mar 26, 2019 11:40

Mary, no more than I would ever know what it's like to be pregnant, if you are not an alcoholic or an addict, you don't know what you are talking about. Most addicts and alcoholics have jobs.

Posted by: Edwin D Finnegan | Mar 25, 2019 20:12

Where in the article is disability mentioned?

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 25, 2019 19:35

Maybe you should consider yourself lucky Mary that you never had any demons. We should all be that blest.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 25, 2019 14:53

It was first an alcoholic problem, then drugs filtered through, and the real problem???? How about people working for a living and not acceptable to subsidies? I understand disabilities hindering work but is self medication a disability?

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