At the Thursday, April 13, 2017 L/A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Peter Lowe, employment lawyer for Brann & Isaascon spoke about “Workplace Safety Following the Legalization of Marijuana”. The biggest take-away, according to Peter, is that employers need to revise their drug and alcohol policy. These include redefining “illegal drugs” and cover/name all substances; define impairment; have policy on how to get impaired employees home safely; and for marijuana specifically, state “no possession, no use, and discipline for impairment at work”. Peter wrote two articles regarding this subject that can be found by clicking the links below. If you have questions or would like assistance in updating your policies, Healthy Androscoggin can help! You can contact us by calling 777-5990.
Medicine Disposal Day is Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10am-2pm. Click on the link below to get locations and a list of acceptable items.
Healthy Androscoggin will be hosting a series of videos on our Facebook page addressing various aspects of underage alcohol use. Viewers may leave questions or comments that will be addressed each day. Click on the link below for more information.
Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health
“How we respond to this crisis is a test for America”
A new, landmark Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders. “Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. For the full report and executive summary, visit https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/
At Healthy Androscoggin’s Annual Meeting on November 3, 2016, staff released their 2016 Annual Report highlighting recent successes and outcomes in meeting the organizational mission. Please download a copy of the full Healthy Androscoggin Annual Report 2016.
Contact: Chief Deputy William Gagne
Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department
(207) 753-2559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
[AUBURN, MAINE] – On Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. law enforcement agencies across the State of Maine including the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Livermore Falls Police Department, Mechanic Falls Police Department and the Sabattus Police Department and in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Healthy Androscoggin will once again give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Drug Take Back Program is a national initiative that was formed through the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and in 2015 DEA partnered with the Maine Sheriff’s Association and all 16 Maine Sheriff’s Offices are participating. Locally, Healthy Androscoggin continues to partner with local law enforcement in this very worthwhile cause. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program.
The collection sites in Androscoggin County will be held at:
Auburn: Bedard Pharmacy 359 Minot Avenue
Lewiston: Farwell Elementary School, 100 Farwell Street
Lisbon: Lisbon Police Department 300 Lisbon Street
Livermore Falls: Livermore Falls Police Department, 2 Main Street
Mechanic Falls: Mechanic Falls Police Department, 108 Lewiston Street
Poland: Poland Town Office complex lot, 1231 Maine Street
Sabattus: Sabattus Police Department, 190 Middle Road
Turner: Turner Fire / Rescue Station, 19 General Turner Hill Road
For a complete listing of all sites in Maine please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website at www.dea.gov and click on the Drug Take Back link.
Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are handheld devices that produce an aerosolized mixture from a solution typically containing concentrated nicotine, flavoring chemicals, and propylene glycol to be inhaled by the user. ENDS are marketed under a variety of names: electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, c-cigs, electronic cigars, e-cigars, electronic hookahs, e-hookah, hookah sticks, personal vaporizers, mechanical mods, vape pens and vaping devices.
For more information, read our literature review of youth use of ENDS.
May 15-21, 2016 is National Prevention Week.
The overall theme for 2016 is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.”
Explore the National Prevention Week website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project.
Learn more at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week
Corrie Brown, Substance Abuse Prevention Manager and Vicky Wiegman, board chair of Healthy Androscoggin and Substance Abuse Counselor for Lewiston Public Schools joined the Breakfast Club at Z105.5 to talk about Alcohol Awareness Month and Medicine Take Back Day.
Click here to listen