BANGOR – A pilot program to treat people with opioid addiction is being launched in Bangor.
It’s based on a successful program being used in Seattle.
Community organizations are working together to provide treatment as well as case management. That case management will include help with many things including housing, fuel assistance, education and employment.
Substance Abuse Prevention Organizer Robin Carr-Slauenwhite said “Our systems and our resources are lacking and they’re fragmented and it requires this case management piece to help individuals navigate through these complicated systems.”
Bangor Police Department Officer Jason McAmbley added “Drug use is not just a law enforcement problem. It’s more of a social health problem and we are trying to get these people the help they need because putting them in jail clearly doesn’t work any more.”
The lead program will help those involved in low level drug crimes. Officials said it improves public safety, reduces future crime and saves money.
It will initially be offered in Bangor but the hope is they can expand it to other areas.