The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there was a dramatic spike in drug overdose cases in Cumberland County over the course of Friday night. They are attributing this spike to tainted illicit drugs.

Maine Medical Association

As Maine's first director of opioid response, Gordon Smith is tasked with coordinating state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Smith will be Mills’ point person for coordinating interagency efforts to address Maine’s opioid crisis, which continues to claim an average of more than one life every day.


Last year, more than 900 babies in Maine were exposed to addictive substances before they were born. We’ll learn how these infants and their mothers are affected and treated, and what lasting effects this growing phenomenon has on society.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 6 at 11:00 am

An honest yet surprisingly hopeful look at what addiction really looks like; who is working on the grassroots level to fight it and how we can help with recovery efforts in our own communities.


We talk with people who are various stages of recovery from opioid addiction. They share their experiences and offer their advice to those who are suffering from addiction – and they'll discuss ideas for dealing with the current opioid crisis in Maine.

Month in Review

Feb 28, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses the top Maine stories from February.

Guests:  Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Heroin Addiction

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 28 at 11:00 am

Filmed in Washington County in Winter of 2016, by University of Maine at Machais Downeast Documentary Project, this is a first person look of an epidemic affecting every neighborhood in America.

Opioid Crisis in Maine

Sep 20, 2017

Despite expanded treatment options and greater availability of Narcan, Maine's opioid death rate remains shockingly high - with an average of one overdose death per day in the state.  We examine why and what can--and needs--to be done.

Guests:  Dr. Jonathan Fellers, Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment, Maine Medical Center / Maine Medical Partners / Maine Behavioral Health

Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief

With one person dying of an overdose every day in the state, the Maine Legislature’s Opioid Task Force is sorting through scores of program suggestions as they work to set priorities for the January legislative session. But some task force members say they still don’t know what services are available to help those who need it.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 20 at 8:00 pm

Several young people share their struggles with opiate abuse as one family is confronted with the overdose of their son, Will Gates, a University of Vermont student.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Vermont and Maine top a new federal study of states with increasing rates of babies born showing symptoms attributed to opioid exposure during pregnancy.