The Maine Opiate Collaborative recognizes that a broad, multi-dimensional approach is necessary to address the public health crisis caused by opiate abuse. Education, prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement must all be significant parts of any solution. This Collaborative brings together people from each of these fields with the goals of identifying and addressing the causes of opiate abuse and proposing solutions. Collaborative members will meet regularly over the coming months and suggest comprehensive proposals to address the opiate crisis. The Collaborative will investigate efforts in other states to determine whether similar approaches would work in Maine. In addition, the Collaborative will solicit input in a series of public forums during which members of the public may share their experiences and ideas.
The Collaborative recognizes three basic tenets: (1) leaders in the fields of education, prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement should seek to raise public awareness about substance use disorders in an effort to diminish the stigma associated with addiction; (2) although law enforcement alone cannot bring an end to this crisis, an effective law enforcement strategy aimed at arresting and prosecuting significant drug traffickers is a necessary component of this effort; and (3) the potential power of education, prevention, treatment and recovery is substantial and should be recognized and publicly promoted.
The crisis we face is not just a crime problem. It is a community public health problem with no simple answers. Addressing this crisis demands that leaders and the public come together to develop a comprehensive strategy that seeks to address all aspects of this crisis. Through collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders at every level, we will make significant strides to build a better, brighter, and more secure future for all Maine citizens.
Upcoming Meetings and Past Meeting Minutes
Law Enforcement Team
Prevention / Harm Reduction Team
|February 4, 2016 from 1-3PM|
|January 21, 2016 from 9-11AM||January 21, 2016 from 1-3PM|
|January 7, 2016 from 9-11AM||January 7, 2016 from 1-3PM|
|December 17, 2015 Minutes||December 17, 2015 from 1-3PM|
|December 3, 2015 Minutes|
|November 4, 2015 Minutes||November 12, 2015 Minutes|
|October 27, 2015 Minutes||October 29, 2015 Minutes|