There was broad support at a public hearing before Maine's Health and Human Services Committee Friday for a proposal that would establish a voluntary certification program for recovery residences. Sometimes referred to as sober houses, the residences are supposed to be safe places where people can stay while recovering from addiction, but a lack of regulation has some lawmakers and advocates concerned.

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.

A Bangor Daily News reporter spent the past few months researching the work of sober houses in Maine. These are residential homes aimed at helping people in recovery from an addiction stay sober. We’ll learn how sober houses aim to provide a safe environment, who their clients tend to be, feedback from communities in which they appear, and what regulations, if any, they are subject to.

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.

After the Storm

Nov 2, 2017

In the aftermath of the storm that left half of Maine without power, several experts join us to offer advice and caution about what to do to recover. From warnings about hidden dangers to tips on home repairs to answers to insurance questions, we'll try to address your storm recovery needs--and we'll share your stories.

Guests: Susan Faloon, public information officer with the Maine Emergency Management Agency

  Now that the worst of the storm is over, Mainers are cleaning up after Sandy, but more than 60 thousand Mainers are still without electricity, mostly in York and Cumberland Counties.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Gail Rice of Central Maine Power about the restoration of power and checked in with the Maine Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing recovery operations, and with the Coast Guard.