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legacy of pain

  • Published
    April 23, 2022

    The opioid epidemic is putting immense pressure on Maine’s child welfare and education systems

    In half of all cases in Maine in which a child is removed from the home, an Office of Child and Family Services investigation identified the parent or caregiver's substance use a risk factor.

  • Published
    April 10, 2022

    At the root of an epidemic in Maine: a prescription pad

    Twenty years after Purdue Pharma introduced its pain medication, OxyContin, Maine lawmakers passed a bill that significantly stemmed the flow of pain pills into the state. A Sun Journal investigation found the new restrictions may have been too little, too late: A generation of Mainers were already grappling with substance use disorder and a growing illicit drug trade was ready to meet the demand.

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