Summer 2019

Gordon Smith ’76

What It Takes: On the job training for Maine’s first Opioid Response director to coordinate the state’s effort to slow the epidemic requires “learning the patience necessary to work within the bureaucracy of state government.” Alarming Statistic: Maine’s opioid crisis claims an average of more than one life every day. Plan of Attack: The purchase of 34,000 units of anti-overdose medication and the training of 250 recovery coaches plus a full-time recovery coach in ten emergency departments across the state. Goal: To stem the tide by facilitating the movement of more people into treatment programs.

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