Marijuana and Public Health - April 29, 2013
Community education statement sponsored by the Maine Sheriffs' Association, the Maine Network of Healthy Communities, and the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse.
We ask everyone to do their homework: research the facts; learn the risks of use; make the link between access and rates of use; and then make your decisions - whether they are personal, family or community-based decisions - to keep Maine people safe and successful.
Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse; Protecting Maine
Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs when they are not taken as directed or taken by someone else. Not taking medications correctly leads to prescription drug misuse, abuse, addiction and crime. Many people think that medications prescribed by doctors are always safe to use and even safe to share with other people. It is never safe to take a drug that was prescribed for someone else.
We can all work together to:
- provide information to prevent prescription drug misuse and diversion;
- educate teenagers and parents, adults of all ages, and providers about safe prescription drug use; &
- share resources for intervention, treatment, recovery, safe disposal and community education.
Click here for a list of links to community education resources. MASAP and MAPSA are not responsible for the content of these websites. Listing these links does not constitute an endorsement of the information on the website or its sponsors.
Click here for core messages to inform and engage community members.
These resources were compiled by the Education subcommittee of the Attorney General's Prescription Drug Task Force. Click here to read about the Task Force and the Prescription Monitoring Program, Disposal, and Diversion Alert subcommittees.
The next national Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10am-2pm. Check back here for information about Take Back locations in Maine.
The Maine Center on Aging Safe Medicine Disposal For ME website includes a map of drop off locations available year round throughout the state.
Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a tool created to prevent and detect prescription drug misuse and diversion, as well as enable a better coordination of care.
Learn more about public policy and find advocacy tools at the Maine Association of Nonprofit's Non Profit Public Policy Action Center.
The Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Project is an education effort designed to increase awareness about the harm of methamphetamine and build capacity to prevent the production and use of methamphetamine in Maine. You can also find information and resources about the Maine Meth Watch Program. If you suspect methamphetamine related activity, always put your own safety first. Leave the scene immediately and contact your local police, state police or sheriff for assistance.
The goal of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) is to enhance the health and safety of Maine citizens through the reduction of the overall impact of substance use, abuse, and dependency. The Information and Resource Center has books, dvds/videos, and pamphlets, and can assist with searches for information about substance abuse. The website features many substance abuse prevention topics including resources for youth, parents, and substance abuse in the workplace.
Prevention Scholarships are available to women seeking substance abuse education and training through the MAPSA Scholarship Fund.