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Join the Conversation: Heroin

Tuesday, March 20 - Wednesday, March 21
5:45pm - 6:45pm

Location: Peaks Island Branch
Audience: Teens

Join The Conversation: Heroin

By now, most of us are aware this growing epidemic here in the region. And it is clear, the issue is national in scope.  Heroin is no longer found only in dark alleys. The fact that it is quickly becoming one of the first drugs being tried by our kids is just one of the startling and distressing things that we are learning about this rapidly growing problem.

The number of people in Maine who died in Maine from heroin overdose jumped from 7 in 2011 to 57 in 2014. Meanwhile, the number of Mainers seeking treatment for heroin addiction swelled from 1,115 in 2010 to 3,463 last year. Nationally, the number of people addicted to heroin has more than doubled in a decade. (Source, Portland Press Herald)

Why is this happening and what can we, as a community, do?

PPL’s Choose Civiliy Initiative invites you to join us at the Library on Thursday, September 24th at 5:30 when we host a moderated panel of local experts as we attempt to understand the problem and identify what we can do about it. Joe Lawlor, reporter from the Portland Press Herald, will moderate the forum. Panelists include: Assistant Chief Vern Malloch of Portland PD, Andrew Kiezulas of the Maine Chapter of Young People in Recovery, Lizzy Garnatz of Community Health Promotion Specialist and Mark Publicker, MD FASAM and Past President, Northern New England Society of Addiction.


ALSO – PPL’s Science Cafe on 9/24 at 12pm, the same day will cover the topic of the Science of Addiction. Dr Ed Bilsky, Professor of Pharmacology, and Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England will discuss the science of drug addiction, with a particular focus on heroin addiction.



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