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A Healthcare System’s Role in Reducing Opiate Addiction

Maine’s opiate addiction problem is getting worse, now impacting every sector of our community. Recognizing this as a growing public health concern, Mid Coast Hospital has created a comprehensive approach, with proven prevention and treatment strategies that are helping to reduce heroin and opiate addiction in Maine and care for those affected. We are partnering with local and statewide agencies working with children, adolescents, and families, as well as healthcare professionals, to do everything we can to help people find hope and recovery.


Mid Coast Hospital provides compassionate, high-quality addiction services with an emphasis on dignity and respect for each individual. Treating approximately 300 opiate addicted patients every year, the Addiction Resource Center (ARC) provides a full continuum of addiction services fully integrated with the Mid Coast–Parkview Health system, allowing for easier referrals, improved coordination of care, insurance/payment solutions, and access for those with the inability to pay.

The highly trained ARC staff is friendly, approachable, and available whenever assistance is needed, matching the care to the intensity of the individual’s need with professional assessment, treatment, detoxification, and counseling services. The ARC specializes in Medication Assisted Treatment, a proven approach that stops withdrawal and relieves cravings so addicted individuals can have the best chance to engage in treatment.

To address the increase in addicted pregnant and parenting women, a collaboration between Mid Coast Medical Group-Women’s Health Care, ARC, Mid Coast Hospital Maternity Care, and area Pediatricians aggressively and systematically engages this population using statewide clinical guidelines, screenings, and addiction services. The ARC’s Healthy Generations program is dedicated to giving women the tools to live a positive, healthy lifestyle in which to raise their young children.

As this issue continues to garner statewide and national attention, many are focused on innovative approaches to stabilize and overcome the opiate addiction crisis. A successful example of utilizing limited resources to achieve dramatic results is the Lincoln County Outreach Recovery Coaching program, a partnership between ARC and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department to assist post-incarcerated individuals with creating and maintaining stable, non-criminal lifestyles. Now in its ninth year, the program has helped hundreds of people, saved the county close to a million dollars, and is now being replicated in other regions.

Understanding that the majority of individuals addicted to opiates stems from prescription medications, Mid Coast Hospital convened a task force in 2012 to develop best practices for prescribing opiates, prevent and detect prescription drug misuse and diversion, and improve patient outcomes through better coordination of care. Since these guidelines were released, Mid Coast Hospital Emergency Department reduced pill count per 100 patients seen by 23% for our physicians and by 61% for our Advanced Practice Providers by creating a new policy and giving feedback on performance.

Our community has a strong history of working together to make sure we are safe and healthy. Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) is a community coalition, supported by Access Health (the local Healthy Maine Partnership) and Mid Coast Hospital, comprised of law enforcement, schools, healthcare providers, and elected officials that work to prevent youth substance abuse. The recipient of local and national grants, CASA has more than ten years of prevention efforts that have resulted in a significant decrease in underage drinking, tobacco, and other substances.

Opiate addiction is a significant public health and safety concern that demands a community response. Mid Coast Hospital has a reputation for creating partnerships and utilizing resources to solve complex health issues. As part of our longstanding commitment to care for the health of the community, Mid Coast Hospital is committed to this common goal of reducing opiate addiction, caring for those affected, and eliminating this public health concern.
More Info
Addiction Resource Center
66 Baribeau Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
(207) 373-6950

Mid Coast Hospital Emergency Department
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Non-Emergency Calls:
(207) 373-6000
Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Access Health
66 Baribeau Drive, Suite 7
Brunswick, Maine 04011
(207) 373-6995

 

More Info
Addiction Resource Center
66 Baribeau Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
(207) 373-6950

Mid Coast Hospital Emergency Department
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Non-Emergency Calls:
(207) 373-6000
Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Access Health
66 Baribeau Drive, Suite 7
Brunswick, Maine 04011
(207) 373-6995

 

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