Intervention Aroostook 9.1.2020
Although today is September 1st, an important community event was held last night in Caribou. It was overdoses awareness day, part a event created to remember the lives of people who died from drug overdoses.
Shawn Cunningham has more on the significance of the event in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
Please be advised some of the images you’ll see are a depiction of drug use.
This is a dramatization of scary real life events that happen everyday..in every community. A person overdosing and possibly dying.
According to the CDC, more than 750,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid.
These lights represent a life lost or a life in crisis...many represented as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. Lives gone out in a flicker...Locally, Roads to Recovery put on an event in Caribou lighting luminaries in Lyndon Park.
Kayty Jalbert Roads to Recovery
“we have luminary bags for people that have been affected basically as we know we have an opiod epidemic on our hands.”
Jalbert goes onto explain where stats are regarding the drug crisis and the possibility of more overdoses happening this community.
“the numbers are staggering in its there’s been a lot especially among youth there is of people asking for those still using to pray for them like people who’ve lost their children and those friends so i mean I think numbers wise its really sad.”
But there is help available to turn things around.
" I think we are definitely getting awareness I think there’s never too much of what we can do is just blast recovery really put that out there as we’re here we hvae recovery centers in Caribou we have one in Houlton AMHC has great counseling services we have MAT programs I mean the county specifically is doing a lot of work to end stigma get the word out to get treatment out”
And that extends to the hurdle that the pandemic had created. But she says there’s turaround with that as well...
“isolation is not good for those who are in active addiction or especially recovery oh I think that since we’ve started to reopen our numbers have been pretty good we are seeing we have probably 20 to 30 people a day.”
Anyone seeking treatment and services can contact Roads to Recovery in Caribou. Jalbert says its one of many sites throughout the county community serving as a beacon of light and hope for people in need. Shawn Cunningham, NS 8.
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