BANGOR — People from around the country came together today to address a deadly problem in Maine, the opioid epidemic.
“I had to get to a point to accept that my imperfections were part of me and maybe they were growing me and that maybe through the darkness there could be the strength that could be gained,” said Erin French the founder of The Lost Kitchen.
French shared her story saying her life took a dark turn after her divorce.
“People who are down in the dumps and addressing their problems with sort of scape values – with drugs and alcohol. I think being able to forgive yourself and move on with therapy, I think work was therapy for you,” said Mills.
French said it was vital to throw herself into something that gave her joy during one of the darkest times in her life, that was food.
The opioid response summit brought together care providers, families, policy experts, and law enforcement from around the country to collaborate on a response to the crisis.
According to Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, there were over 400 opioid-related deaths and over 2,000 non-fatal overdoses in Maine last year.
He urged continued action.
“As many of you have probably heard my office had been successful in securing one settlement against McKinsey which is a firm that worked with Purdue and the Sackler family to drive and push and increase the use of their very deadly drugs,” said Maine Attorney General, Aaron Fry.
The summit allowed Maine residents to also talk about their substance abuse battle and recovery.
“I wanted help I genuinely wanted to stop even though I wasn’t but I didn’t know how to stop when to stop, or how to do it I met a man and started looking for help,” said Sarah Lincoln, a recovered addict.
“Isolation though it may protect us from a virus exposes us to other risks,” said Maine CDC Director, Dr. Nirav Shah.
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