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Police investigate death of Rockland recovery house resident

By Stephen Betts | Aug 21, 2020
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Rockland — Rockland police are investigating the Wednesday night death of a man who was a resident of the recovery house on Brewster Street.

The name of the man who died has not been released.

"We are investigating a death that occurred on Brewster Street. We cannot confirm the  cause of death until the medical examiner's office completes its investigation. We do not consider it suspicious at this time," Rockland Deputy Police Chief Joel Neal said Aug. 20.

Police investigate overdose deaths to determine the source of the drugs. During the past year, there have been investigations into six overdose deaths in Knox County, which have led to charges or search warrants being executed.

Police and emergency medical personnel responded at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 to The Friends House at the intersection of Brewster and Cedar streets.

The male victim was determined to be dead and police remained at the scene for several hours.

The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, which operates the recovery house, issued a statement that Friday.

"We are devastated and saddened to report the recent death of a resident at our men’s recovery house. Our thoughts and prayers are with his fellow residents, family and friends during this very difficult time," the Coalition stated.

"Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol has become all too common in mid-coast Maine and across the country, taking its toll on individuals and families throughout our communities. Deaths due to drug overdose have dramatically increased in Maine since the onset of COVID-19, up almost 50% from a year ago.

"The twin epidemics of COVID-19 and drug addiction has made recovery more difficult because of the separation and isolation requirements. Individuals in recovery are in need of significantly more connection, not less, to establish new patterns of healthy relationships," the Coalition stated.

Established in 2016, MCRC operates two certified recovery residences in the mid-coast area. Certification reflects the high standards of the Maine Association of Recovery Residences,

The organization's goal is to "help individuals and families reintegrate into the community in an enduring manner."

"We remain committed to provide support to individuals and families seeking help and healing to address the challenge of addiction. We will continue to work together with our community to help to build a future where other families will not have to experience this type of tragedy," the Coalition concluded.

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