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Substance Abuse 2010
  • Published
    July 14, 2010

    Methadone clinic founder arrested for cocaine possession

    The founder of the Turning Tide methadone clinic was arrested July 13 and charged with cocaine possession. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head for possessing cocaine. She is the licensed operator and owner of the Turning Tide methadone clinic in Rockland. MDEA Director Roy McKinney said drug agents, assisted by Rockland police, the Knox County Sheriff's Office and ...

  • Published
    July 8, 2010

    The high cost of drug abuse

    This is the third article in a three-part series looking at methadone treatment and substance abuse in the Midcoast. When looking at the consequences of substance abuse, many think first of the deaths from overdoses, the loss of quality of life for drug addicts and the toll addiction takes on families. The price of substance abuse can also be counted, however, in dollars and cents shelled out by taxpayers ...

  • Published
    July 1, 2010

    Methadone treatment program grows in Rockland

    This is part two in a three-part series on methadone treatment and prescription drug abuse in the Midcoast. Part three will take a look at the financial impact on taxpayers of methadone treatment and substance abuse. As an OxyContin addict, Kristan Hilchey found herself living without power or water, unable to pay bills and struggling to raise her child. Spending $200 or more per day for her drug habit, she ...

  • Published
    June 24, 2010

    Prescription painkillers dominate Maine drug scene

    This is the first article in a three-part series on prescription drug use and methadone treatment in the Midcoast. Part two will offer an in-depth look at Rockland's Turning Tide methadone clinic. Over the past three years, more Mainers have died from overdoses than from car crashes, according to state officials, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, the drugs being abused have been prescription medications...

  • Published
    June 21, 2010

    Treatment options in Midcoast Maine

    A number of resources are available in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties for those seeking help dealing with substance abuse. The following is a brief list of treatment providers: Statewide Narcotics Anonymous, 800-974-0062. One can call this number for information about meetings anywhere in the state. Rockland area Choice Skyward, Union Street, Rockland, 701-4446 or toll-free 800-540-2072. According to ...

  • Published
    June 21, 2010

    The science of addiction

    Addiction to prescription painkillers or street drugs such as heroin is a chronic disease for which there is no cure, according to drug counselors. For most drug users, fighting addiction and finding recovery is a lifelong battle. Opiates and opioids are among the most addictive drugs in existence. Opiates are natural painkillers derived from opium or the poppy plant. Opioids include natural and synthetic ...

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