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How The Pandemic Exacerbates Dealing with Substance Use, And How To Help


Those dealing with substance use disorder in Maine already face multiple challenges. We’ll discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the obstacles they face in trying to recover – and what is being done by those helping to treat and support them during this time of social distancing. We’ll also hear about the state’s efforts to address these difficult issues.


Gordon Smith, Maine director of opioid response

Leslie Clark, executive director, Portland Recovery Community Center

Jacquelyn A. Cyr NPc, family nurse practitioner for adult outpatient services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital, 207-973-6199

Dr. Jessica Pollard (call-in), director, Office of Behavioral Health, Maine Department of Health and Human Services


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.