Decrease Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction
Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction continue to be a major health problem in Maine and the nation.
The number of deaths related to drug overdose has risen sharply, both nationally and in Maine. Maine had the fifth largest increase in drug overdose deaths between the periods 2012-2014 and 2013-2015, Many consider drug overdose deaths and the impact of drug abuse and addiction on law enforcement, education, public safety, communities and families to be one of our most pressing public health issues.
- Train practice teams on standardized screening tools, proper prescribing practices and patient engagement.
- Strengthen pharmacy practice/policy.
- Expand use of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).
- Expand access to treatment and use of alternative treatment therapies.
- Educate patient/family on medication management, storage and disposal.
- Standardize and expand Naloxone prescribing.
- Expand pre-natal addiction care services.
- Expand treatment capacity.
- Implement evidence-based programs and promising practices.
- Improve community engagement in interventions.
- Advocate for and implement policy changes.
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Substance Abuse Data - Statewide Epidemiology Outcomes WorkgroupMore...
The SEOW Dashboard is a web-based interactive system that monitors trends on substance use, mental health, and gambling in Maine. It is our hope that the SEOW Dashboard will help communities build their capacity to address their needs and prevention priorities through data-driven decision-making and evaluation.
SEOW has the following primary objectives:
To identify substance abuse patterns or populations
To establish substance abuse trends
To detect emerging substances
To provide information for policy development and program planning
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