Bangor to host listening session on heroin, opiate

Bangor to host listening session on heroin, opiate

Bangor is all set to host a listening session this Wednesday evening to allow community members touched by opiates or heroin to share their experiences, observations as well as suggestions.

Sponsored by the city, the Opiate and Heroin Forum & Listening Session is scheduled to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in Room 124 at Eastport Hall on the UMaine Augusta-Bangor Campus at 128 Texas Avenue.

Anybody touched by opiates or heroin, including drug users, ex-users who are now in recovery, drug users’ family members, employers, law enforcement personnel and health care professionals have been invited to the event.

Mark Hathaway, chief of Bangor police, said, “This discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community, who are struggling with addiction, are currently in recovery or for those who care for someone in need of support and treatment, to learn more about what is available in the Bangor region…”

Law enforcement, treatment and recovery leaders will initiate the event by sharing their views on what is happening in the region. The list of panelists includes Noah Nesin of Penobscot Community Health Care; Patty Hamilton of Bangor Public Health & Community Services; Robert Fickett of Bangor Area Recovery Network. Later, there will be a community discussion.

Last year, at least 272 people died from drug overdoses. The figure represents an increase of 31 per cent from the previous year, in which a record 208 overdose deaths were reported. Of those deaths, a total of 157 were linked to heroin, fentanyl or a blend of the two opiates.

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