Armand, a recovering addict, says substance abuse treatment gave him a second chance at life.Very grateful, happy to be alive to have a chance and know that recovery is possible.He attended the 6th Annual University of Maine Geriatric Colloquium this year’s conference focused on an issue not easily seen by the public substance abuse in seniors.Event organizer Lenard Kaye says 17 to 20 percent of older adults experience a substance abuse problem sometime in their lives one of the big issues among elderly individuals is between mis-use and abuse.”So many older adults take 4 and 8 and 12 and up to 20 prescription drugs a day so it’s easy to mismanage them,”Presenter Mark Publicker says dramatic lifestyle changes such as retirement and the death of a loved one can lead older men and women to prescription drugs and alcohol.”All addiction effects the way the brain thinks but in particular with older people that effect is more damaging.”Despite the fact that substance abuse is the highest among young adults, organizers say it’s rising among the elderly, but for people like Armand it knows no age.
Authorities have confirmed that a young man in Dover-Foxcroft was shot and killed Sunday night by his older brother.The call came in around 6:30 from the French Road.State Police say 20-year-old Ryan Mayo was shot outside his home.His brother, 22-year-old Steven Mayo lives next door and police say he has been interviewed by detectives and has cooperated with the investigation.No decision has been made on any charges as police continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.Mayo’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy.
Sunday night, the Nation watched as information came from the White House about the death of Osama Bin Laden.That news triggered an outpouring of celebration and relief around the country, especially in New York City at Ground Zero.Senator Susan Collins was called a little after ten pm and told to call into the White House Situation Room.
Acadia Hospital in Bangor wants to help parents know what to do when their children are anxious.The hospital’s hosting a free presentation called “When to Worry About Your Child’s Worries”.It’s part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness week.The presentation is Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m.It’s open to parents, teachers and others who work with children.You can pre-register for the event by calling 973-6119.
If you travel on Main Street in Newport, there’s a bridge closure you need to know about.Crews are working on the Main Street Bridge which means traffic will be directed to a detour using High, North and Elm Streets.All truck traffic under 80,000 pounds will be detoured to I-95.The bridge is scheduled to reopen before Labor Day.
You have another chance to watch the documentary about Maine’s troop greeters on the big screen.Tuesday night, May 3rd, a special encore presentation of ” The Way We Get By” will be shown at the Gracie Theater on the Husson University campus.A social will be held from 6 to 6:30 that evening and the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Pet Motel in Corinna will be offering rabies shots and microchips at low costs to pet owners this weekend.The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th from 11 am to noon.Rabies shots are fifteen dollars for dogs, twenty dollars for cats.The microchips will costs thirty-five dollars.Dexter Vet Clinic will be conducting the shots.
Three bills that would add new restrictions on abortion in Maine face legislative committee reviews.The Judiciary Committee takes up the three bills Tuesday.One of the bills would require a 24-hour waiting period prior to an abortion, except in the case of a medical emergency.An “informed consent” bill would require that information about the risks of abortion be made available by a doctor to a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure.Also, state health officials would have to develop a brochure describing the risks and alternatives to abortion.A third bill seeks to repeal Maine’s current adult consent law.
The impact of a proposed wind farm in western Maine on the northern bog lemming and Roaring Brook mayfly could threaten the Highland Plantation project.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife expressed concerns about the planned wind farm’s impact on the two rare species when it submitted comments to the state agency reviewing the developer’s request for construction permits.Maine Today Media newspapers say Sunday that the wildlife department’s report to the Land Use Regulation Commission says the Highland Plantation project is not an appropriate site for the wind development because of the impacts on those and other species, such as spring salamanders, bats and birds.Highland Wind LLC says it was aware of the animals and thought it had taken measures to protect them.(The Associated Press)
Maine’s two senators and congressional leaders are weighing in on the killing of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden Sunday.Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:”This welcome news is a credit to our intelligence efforts and brings to justice the architect of the attacks on our country that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.”Senator Olympia Snowe released this statement:â€œ(This) marks an historic and seminal moment for our nation and the world as it has been confirmed that Osama bin Laden â€“ who was responsible for the single deadliest attack on American soil â€“ is dead.”We are all a different people in America as a result of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, that are etched upon the landscape of our consciousness for all time.Â Out of the rubble on September 11th rose our resolve, out of despair grew our determination, and out of the hate that was perpetrated upon us proudly stood our humanity.Â We illustrated in word and deed that the iconic American spirit is stronger and more permanent than any pain or suffering that can be inflicted upon us.Â If the likes of Osama bin Laden laid bare the unimaginable cruelties of which humankind is capable, it also imbued forever within our minds the heights to which the human spirit can rise â€“ even and especially in the face of mortality.â€œThe resilience we recaptured as a country remains pressed upon our national psyche and the memory of the inspirational sacrifices of so many heroic Americans who perished that September morning will forever have a home in our hearts and our prayers â€“ as will all whose lives were tragically cut short by the hands of such ruthlessness.â€œI think about all of the soldiers who willingly joined the military specifically to fight because of what happened on 9-11, and the sacrifices of their families and the lives that have been lost.Â Indeed, we are forever grateful to the brave men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community who have laid their own lives on the line to keep our homeland safe and secure.Â Without their valiant efforts and unwavering dedication, this momentous moment in our nation’s history would not have been possible.â€This statement from Congressman Mike Michaud:â€œAll Americans remember with vivid detail the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.