KEYNOTES AND PRESENTATIONS
Governor Janet Mills hosted her 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The theme for this year’s summit was Community, Connection, & Compassion. The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic, and convenes leaders from around Maine and the Nation to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis. This full-day, in-person program featured keynote speakers and breakout sessions, with the voices of persons in recovery featured prominently.
Governor Mills: Expanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Rural Maine
Maine remains within the crushing grip of an unrelenting opioid epidemic. This is an epidemic which began decades ago, and which has now worsened from effects of the pandemic and specifically the increased presence of dangerous, highly lethal drugs like fentanyl. It’s an epidemic that is killing a record number of Maine people – people who are our family, friends, and neighbors.
Governor Mills: A community in Maine who cares and who never gives up
At the height of the pandemic, people were unable to connect safely with their community. This fact alone had particularly deadly consequences for people suffering from substance use disorder here in Maine and across the country.
While the pandemic waxes and wanes, we are still losing people with substance use disorder every day.
Photo(s) Credit: Erin Towns Photography
Held on September 10, 2021
Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative (MNDI)
Held on October 1, 2021
New Overdose Spike Alert System
The Road Ahead, looking back on 2021 and Maine’s Opioid Response strategy and priorities for 2022.
Connecting Communities of Recovery, Inside and Outside of Maine’s Correctional Facilities
Invisible Disability: Overdose, Brain Injury, and the Impact of Cognitive Impairment on Service Delivery and Treatment
Responding to the Epidemic within a Pandemic: Shatterproof’s Approach to Addressing Addiction